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The Nigerian army said its men foiled an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to attack the Dalori IDP camp and Kofa village in Maiduguri on Wednesday night.

The attempted attack at about 10pm was aborted by troops of 251 Task Force Battalion, according to a statement by the army in a Facebook post.

“The terrorists gained access through a bush path behind the village in four vehicles and some motorcycles. They ransacked the market in front of IDP camp.

“On sighting own troops that were mobilized to the area, they set some houses and market ablaze and fled along Maiduguri-Bama Road. However one civilian was found dead.

“Own troops are presently assisting the villagers who ran into the bush back to their homes while the Borno Fire Service have contained the inferno”


(NAN)

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The Nigerian Army has recovered the body of the missing Gen. Idris Alkali.

The body was found in an abandoned well in Guchwet, Jos South LG, Brig. Gen. Umar Mohammed said.


The retired military officer was declared missing in September, after leaving Abuja for Bauchi.

He did not reach his destination.

Early in October, based on intelligence, soldiers drained a pond in Dura, in Jos LG, where they found the general’s car and four other vehicles.

Many arrests were made and the district head of Dura was declared wanted. He gave himself up.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the recurring killings in Kaduna State must stop and directed security agencies to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Buhari made the remarks in Kaduna where he went to commiserate with victims of the recent clashes in the state.

He said those who were used to going Scot free after such killings, must now answer for their crimes.

“The Federal Government will take strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of these crimes. No one will go Scot free.

“We shall now hold everyone to account for these latest killings,’’ the president stressed.

Buhari who described the incidents as “unacceptable’’, said Kaduna must not earn itself a new name as “home of violence.’’

“My earnest appeal to all citizens of Kaduna is to do their best to uphold peace in their respective communities,’’ he said.

The president commended the state government for managing the crisis, and assured that his administration would recruit more security personnel and deploy them nationwide to protect citizens.

He also welcomes the pledge of the state and local governments to support the construction of more police and civil defence offices to enhance security at the grassroots.

Buhari appealed to all citizens to be law abiding, learn to listen to each other and resolve differences through peaceful means.

He also said that individuals and communities must respect the rights of others to live wherever they chose, worship freely and pursue lawful livelihood anywhere in this country.

Buhari said that the federal government is doing its best to develop human capital, tackle poverty and inequality in all parts of the country, as well as provide decent education and health.

While responding to an appeal by Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i, the president pledged to promptly look at the outstanding issue of compensation for victims of the 2011 post election violence in the state.

Earlier, El-Rufa’i, the state governor, had briefed the president on the security situation in the state and informed him that the state would henceforth enforce the 1915, 1917 and 1958 laws to hold communities where violence occur, fully responsible.

He said that the state government also plans to set up new police and military outposts in Kasuwan Magani, Narayi, Sabon Tasha and other flash points.

The governor appealed for the deployment of 30 additional judges to fast truck justice delivery in the state.

Also, the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris commended the prompt action taken by the state government and security agencies to contain the crisis.

He urged all citizens to live in peace and shun religious and community leaders as well as individuals pushing them to violence.

The emir advised that all those found involved in the crisis as well as those promoting rumor be adequately punished.

He called for more dialogue among religions and communities to enhance peace in the state.


(NAN)

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A Professor with Crop Production Department of Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Prof. Allan Kadams, has been kidnapped.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kadam’s kidnap came two weeks after another Professor, Ibrahim Adamu of Soil Science of the same university was kidnapped but released after one day.

The Registrar of the university, Hajiya Halima Bala, who confirmed the kidnapping of Kadam in an interview with NAN said the incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday at about 2 a.m.

She said Kadams was kidnapped in his resident at Federal Housing Estate, Bajabure at the outskirts of Yola.

Also confirming the incident, while speaking with NAN correspondent was the Police Public Relations Officer, for Police Command in Adamawa, SP Othman Abubakar, said the command had dispatched its personnel to track and rescue the professor.

“We are also in touch with the family of the professor for any development,” Abubakar said.

Abubakar also said that the police, in its effort to check the growing kidnapping in the state, had arrested 11 suspects operating in Wuro-Jabbe and Vunoklang wards of Yola.

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Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has indicted the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for shielding corrupt individuals.


 

Ezekwesili said this on Monday while delivering a speech titled, ‘To those who say we cannot win: Unveiling the Oby Ezekwesili Roadmap to 2019’ in Lagos. 

“There is no shadow of doubt: President Buhari is the most parochial, most nepotistic and most partisan President that Nigeria has ever seen,” she said in her speech.

“This President talks about fighting grand corruption. Please, please, give me a break! Can corruption fight corruption? Does he think we cannot see? A President that looks the other way while his friends and cronies suffocate and strangle our country?”

Ezekwesili called on Nigerians to support her candidature saying she is one of the very small tribe of Nigerians who have served in government but who have no allegation of corruption against them.

"I don’t mean court case o. I mean allegation. Zero, none," she said.

The former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa has as a campaign cornerstone the lifting of over 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty into progress and prosperity. 

Ezekwesili is a graduate of the University of Lagos and Harvard University. She is a former Minister of Education, and then of and Solid Minerals.


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Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau on Monday described Chief Tony Anenih, former works minister, who died in Abuja at the weekend, as “a true nationalist who served Nigeria with the whole of his heart”.

 

“Anenih was a committed nationalist, who worked tireless toward national unity. He was a consummate political strategist and will be sorely missed,” Lalong said in a statement on Monday in Jos.

Lalong said that Anenih’s death had robbed the country of a patriot and created a vacuum that would be difficult to fill.

The governor commiserated with his Edo counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the people of the state, and the family of Anenih over the retired Police Commissioner’s exit, urging them to be consoled by the fact that he lived a fulfilled life.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Anenih, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died in Abuja on Sunday. He was aged 85



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The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili, has attacked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for celebrating Federal Government’s bailout to states.

Ezekwesili said it was a colossal shame to see Osinbajo celebrate bailouts as an achievement.


She stated this at the ACPN press conference in Lagos on Monday, while unveiling her party’s road-map for winning the 2019 presidential election.

The former minister stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacy was the destruction of Nigeria’s wealth.


“Let us talk about the present administration; what is the primary legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari? It is the destruction of our nation’s wealth — presiding over the worse economic recession Nigeria has seen in decades,” she said.


“Even now that the economy has come out of recession, the growth is as sluggish as its government. Four out of every 10 adults are either unemployed or underemployed and Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world.

“In the midst of this, its vice-president was celebrating last week at the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES24) that handing bailouts to state governors who cannot pay salaries is an achievement.


“Wow, what a big shame, what a colossal shame!”

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The Governor General Of Canada, Julie Payette, was on Monday received by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ms Payette was received at the courtyard of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, alongside officials in her entourage.



She is scheduled to address journalists after the meeting with President Buhari.

Thereafter, she will deliver a lecture at the National Space Research and Development Centre Agency.

The Governor General of Canada is the Federal Vice-Regal representative of the Canadian, that is Queen Elizabeth the second of England.

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The Federal Government says it is engaging critical stakeholders such as traditional and religious leaders to advise their members on child spacing.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said this on Tuesday at the Nigeria Economic Summit meeting which took place in Abuja.

According to her, the increase in the nation’s population was found to be one of the ‘great challenges’ in the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), hence the need to curb the “exponential population growth”.

She said, “We have been engaging traditional rulers and other leaders. Specifically, we have found out that to be able to address one of the great challenges that we identified in the ERGP, which is the growth in our population, we need to engage these institutions”.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the minister also cleared the air on reports that the government had plans to implement a policy that limits the number of children a mother can have, saying, “We never said we are placing a cap on childbirth.”

“What is child spacing? This is a healthy practice of waiting between pregnancies”.

Ahmed also spoke about the government’s efforts in creating more jobs for youths.

She listed the attainment of 7,000 megawatts of electricity as a major milestone in empowering youths with small businesses.

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The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has denied what he referred to as speculations of disaffection between him and President Muhammadu Buhari by political opponents.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the governor described some allegations against the president, attributed to him, as ‘lies’.

He stressed that their relationship transcends partisan politics, adding that it remains strong despite the efforts of those trying to cause disaffection between them.

Amosun said, “The ultimate aim of the purveyors of these unconscionable falsehoods is to drive a wedge between me and the president and tarnish my hard-earned reputation.”

He further stated that their actual target is the President, in order to achieve their grand plan of dominating the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The target of this grand campaign of calumny is actually our dear President Muhammadu Buhari.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me state categorically that the people trying to cause disaffection between those of us loyal and committed to Mr President and the success of APC, are plotting to strip Mr President bare, so that their grand design to achieve unfettered domination of the party would be achieved,” the governor said.

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