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Politics / Orji Kalu Failed To Pay Land Charge - Lagos by masterdre: 7:14am On Aug 14, 2013
The Lagos State government has reacted to claims by Orji Kalu that his Ikoyi residence was sealed by government officials after he criticized the state governor.

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the state government said it sealed the former Abia State governor’s Park View Estate home over his failure to pay the statutory annual land use charge.

The statement noted that Mr. Kalu defaulted despite three separate notices delivered to the said property.

“As a government driven by law and process, the Lagos State Government will ordinarily expect all law abiding residents to discharge their responsibilities to the state,” Aderemi Ibirogba, Commissioner for Information, said in the statement.

“If, in spite of failing to do so, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu wants to give ethnic colouration to a routine performance of its duties by an agency of the state government, which in this case is the Land Use Charge Office, under the Ministry of Finance, he is welcome to do so,” he added.

Earlier, Emenike Ojukwu, Mr. Kalu’s aide had claimed that the sealing of the property was connected to an article written by his boss in the wake of the “deportation” of some Igbo indigenes to Onitsha by the Lagos State government.

“There’s no other reason than because Mr. Kalu told Fashola not to deport people from Lagos State. He’s not the owner of Lagos State. Lagos does not belong to him,” Mr. Ojukwu had said.

In the article titled: “Deportation: Fashola got it wrong” published in Mr. Kalu’s The Sun newspapers, the former governor criticised the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, for the “deportation” of 67 people of Igbo extraction.

He described the “deportation” as “dehumanising and demeaning and an affront on the sensibility of all Igbos,” promising also to take the Lagos State government to court if it does not “show remorse, confess and own up to their sin and ask God for forgiveness.”

The lagos government has refuted Mr. Kalu’s claims saying “only 14 people” were relocated to Anambra State, and that it acted in consultation with the Anambra State government.

However, in its response late Tuesday, the Lagos State government insisted that Mr. Kalu’s claim that the action on his property had anything to do with the ‘deportation’ matter “could not be further from the truth.”

Mr. Ibirogba further said that the state government has, after Mr. Fashola’s intervention, directed the agency to “unseal” the property and that an additional 14 days grace period be given to Mr. Kalu to pay the said charge.

“It should be emphasised that notices like these are served on defaulting property owners on a regular basis who either comply or contact the Agency to raise any objections they might have to such notice,” said Mr. Ibirogba.

“Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu, like every other citizen, must fulfill his obligation to the State.”


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Politics / Nigerian Governors Battle Incumbent Senators Over 2015 Polls by masterdre: 2:21pm On Aug 13, 2013
A battle of political supremacy rages between the two prominent sons of the Eastern Senatorial District of Niger State. Babangida Aliyu, the state governor, who will complete his constitutionally approved second-term in office, and Dahiru Kuta, the senator representing the district in the Senate, are battling each other over who would occupy the seat in the upper legislative chamber from May 2015.

Although Mr. Aliyu, who is Chairman of the Northern State Governors Forum, NSGF, has not publicly proclaimed his desire to occupy the seat, it is believed he will spend his immediate political future in the upper house. Mr. Aliyu’s intention to contest the senatorial election is allegedly because his presidential ambition is clashing with that of President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also yet to formally announce his plan to re-contest.

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Health / Consumption Of Seeds Meant For Planting Is Hazardous – Official by masterdre: 7:47am On Aug 13, 2013
Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Managing Director of Maslaha Seeds Ltd, Gusau, Zamfara, has urged farmers to desist from the consumption of seeds as it is hazardous to the health.

Mr. Abdullahi said in Abuja said that seeds were usually treated with chemicals and colouring to preserve them and make them “true to type”, stressing that consumption of these chemicals amounted to “food poisoning”.

He said that seeds were to be planted while grains should serve as food but he observed that some farmers instead consumed the seeds and planted grains.

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Crime / Anambra Bricklayer Arriving From Brazil Excretes 2.07kg Of Cocaine – NDLEA by masterdre: 10:25pm On Aug 09, 2013
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday arrested a 46-year-old bricklayer from Anambra, who attempted to smuggle 2.07 kilogrammes of cocaine into the country.
A statement by the Spokesman of the NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the suspect was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, with 83 wraps of substance that had tested positive to cocaine.

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Politics / Dismissal Of “bribery” Policeman Not Too Harsh – IG by masterdre: 7:26am On Aug 09, 2013
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has rejected concerns that the prompt dismissal of a police officer caught on tape asking for bribe, was too harsh.
Mr. Mohammed said he will not oversee a corrupt police, instead will continue to fight against corruption in the force.
He said apart from the regular warnings issued to the officers of the force, authorities have also deployed different strategies to discourage corruption in the service including staging officers up to test their ethical standards.

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Education / NANS Urges FG To Meet ASUU Demands To End Strike by masterdre: 7:59am On Aug 08, 2013
The South-West zone of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Wednesday called on the Federal government to meet the demands of striking university lecturers to save undergraduates’ future.
The zonal Coordinator, Tunde Adeyemo, made the call while addressing a news conference in Lagos.
Mr. Adeyemo said that the current strike would further weaken the sector and negatively affect the students.

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Politics / PDP Mocks APC Over Call For Jonathan To Join Opposition Party by masterdre: 7:52am On Aug 08, 2013
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has hit back at opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, for asking President Goodluck Jonathan to join its fold; saying by so doing, the opposition has admitted that it has no presidential material for the 2015 elections.
The PDP said the leadership crisis rocking the opposition party just a few days after registration is an indication that the APC is a party of desperate power mongers whose only aim is to satisfy their egocentric interests.

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Politics / Man Sets Six People Ablaze For Smoking Indian Hemp by masterdre: 9:12pm On Aug 07, 2013
Six young men accused of smoking Indian hemp and gambling have been set ablaze in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by a house owner in their area.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the landlord, identified as Agba, in Ago-Oko area of the town where the incident occurred, had warned the boys on several occasions to desist from their acts, warnings they ignored.

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Education / WAEC Releases Results For May/june 2013 Exams, Withholds 112, 865 Results by masterdre: 7:43pm On Aug 07, 2013
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released the results for the May/ June 2013 WASSC Examination.
The exam body released 1.54 million results on Wednesday. It, however, withheld 112, 865 results and cancelled 2,176 results. Read details here: http://premiumtimesng.com/news/142431-waec-releases-results-for-mayjune-2013-exams-withholds-112-865-results.html
Politics / Nigerian Military Relaxes 24 Hour Curfew In Potiskum by masterdre: 4:31pm On Aug 07, 2013
The Yobe State Joint Task Force, Wednesday, said it has relaxed the 24 hour curfew imposed on Potiskum Town, Yobe State.
This was made known in a statement signed by the state’s JTF spokesperson, Lazarus Eli.
He said the curfew was relaxed following the completion of the JTF’s special operations in Potiskum.

Read details here: http://premiumtimesng.com/regional/142422-nigerian-military-relaxes-24-hour-curfew-in-potiskum.html
Health / Girl With Strange Medical Condition Has No Anus by masterdre: 7:26am On Aug 07, 2013
A strange medical condition that affects organ formation before birth, has left a one-year-old girl in Niger State without an anus, leaving her to rid herself of waste through the vagina, while her poor parents struggle for more than a year to get funds for a corrective operation.
Like all childbirths, Amina Ibrahim, heaved a sigh of relief when her daughter, Fatima, was born. Not that she had a traumatic pregnancy; but as all pregnancies are fraught with uncertainties, successfully delivering a seemingly healthy child was a mirthful event.

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Politics / NNPC Disputes Shell’s Claim Of N109bn Loss To Crude Oil Theft, Others by masterdre: 7:06am On Aug 07, 2013
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday disputed claims by its partner, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), that their joint venture lost over $700 million (about N109.9 billion) to crude oil theft and vandalism in the second quarter of this year.‬
‪The dispute highlights the dearth of transparency and accountability in the operations of the country’s petroleum industry such that two partners in a joint venture find it difficult to have the same records and data of their operations.‬

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Politics / Apc, Cnpp, Cpc Commend Inec Over Registration by masterdre: 10:47pm On Jul 31, 2013
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the registration of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
CNPP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, shortly after the electoral body announced the registration of the APC in Abuja, said it “congratulates INEC for its forthrightness, steadfast and obedience to the rule of law”.

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Politics / Akwa Ibom Crisis: Akpabio, Umana In Secret Meeting by masterdre: 7:37am On Jul 31, 2013
The political crisis in Akwa Ibom may be on the verge of being resolved as Governor Godswill Akpabio on Tuesday held a secret meeting with the embattled Secretary to the State Government, Umana Umana.
Mr. Umana’s office was sealed on Monday by armed security operatives from the Government House, Uyo, reportedly on the orders of Mr. Akpabio. The office remained sealed by the security officials as at Tuesday.
Armed security men led by one A. Akiola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said to head the police security unit in the Government House, Uyo, reportedly stormed the government secretary’s office block located within the government house, at about 10 a.m. on Monday and took over, after sacking civil servants working there.

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Crime / Nigerian Fraudsters Dupes British Council Of Millions Of Naira by masterdre: 4:38pm On Jul 30, 2013
The United Kingdom’s cultural organisation, British Council, has lost at least N43.75 million (£175,000) to fraudsters working in cohort with some its Nigerian employees, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.
A British Council spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES that two of its exam staff colluded with fraudsters from outside the organisation to falsify invoices for the hire of venues, furniture and cleaning services.

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Politics / Abia Chief Judge Falsifies Date Of Birth As NJC Recommends Compulsory Retirement by masterdre: 8:19am On Jul 30, 2013
The National Judicial Council on Monday recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Shadrach Nwanosike, the acting Chief Judge of Abia State from office.
This is contained in a statement signed by the acting Director of Information of the Supreme Court, Soji Oye, in Abuja.
The statement said that the recommendation was sequel to the findings of the NJC that Mr. Nwanosike falsified his date of birth which invariably affected his retirement age.
It stated that the NJC also considered and deliberated on the report of its Committee on Performance Evaluation of Judicial officers of the Superior Courts of Record in the country.

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Nairaland / General / Police Seize Arms Cache, Foil Bank Attack In Rivers – Commissioner by masterdre: 8:11am On Jul 30, 2013
The police in Rivers said in Port Harcourt on Monday that it seized a cache of arms in a special operation carried out in Ahoada Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, told newsmen that the arms were seized after the police foiled an attack on two bullion vans belonging to a first generation bank.
He said that the suspects had attempted to rob the bullion vans before security operatives intervened.
Mr. Mbu said that a suspect during interrogation confessed to the crime and thereafter revealed their arms cache.

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Politics / PDP Reconciliation Committee To Give Priority To Anambra, Ekiti by masterdre: 7:55am On Jul 29, 2013
The newly-constituted National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said on Sunday that it would give priority to the Anambra and Ekiti chapters of the party for now.
The ad-hoc Committee said it took the decision because of the imminent governorship election in Anambra State and the crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the party.
Consequently, it asked members of the party from the two states to refrain from all hostilities in order to give it the opportunity to do its work successfully.

Read details here: http://premiumtimesng.com/news/141818-pdp-reconciliation-committee-to-give-priority-to-anambra-ekiti.html
Education / 114 Graduate With First Class In Covenant University by masterdre: 10:18pm On Jul 26, 2013
A total of 114 students of the Covenant University, Ota, in Ogun State graduated with first class honours, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The first class students were among the 1,466 who were awarded various degrees at the institution’s 8th convocation ceremony.
The Chancellor of the University, David Oyedepo, said at the event that 720 of the students made Second Class (Upper Division), 565 Second Class (Lower Division), and 67 Third Class.
Mr. Oyedepo said that 111 of the students were awarded Master’s Degrees while 30 others obtained PhD. He said the university’s Board of Regent had mandated it to become one of the best 10 universities in the world in the next 10 years.

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Education / ASUU Strike: North East Universities Insist On Strike by masterdre: 5:59am On Jul 26, 2013
Lecturers in eight universities in the North East, Thursday, insisted that they would continue with their ongoing strike until the government meets their demand.
The lecturers, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Bauchi Zone frowned at the Federal Government’s insistence that it would not implement the 2009 agreement with the lecturers; unless some of its provisions were renegotiated.
The union, whose members nationwide have been on strike for over three weeks, dared the federal government and asked its members to ignore the government’s utterances regarding the agreement.

Read details here: http://premiumtimesng.com/news/141666-ASUU-strike-north-east-universities-insist-on-strike%E2%80%AA.html
Politics / Yerima Blackmailed Senators With Religious Sentiment, Says David Mark by masterdre: 6:27am On Jul 25, 2013
Senate President, David Mark, has accused a senator, Ahmed Yerima, who is at the centre of the child marriage controversy, of blackmailing the Senate to reverse its initial move to delete a section of the constitution that appears to support child marriage.

The said section says a woman married shall be deemed to be of age for the purpose of renouncing citizenship. But many Nigerians fear the section sanctions girl marriage and have asked that it be removed.

Mr. Mark repeated an earlier position of the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, that the section would be revisited.

He did not, however, guarantee the contentious section, which ordinarily deals with citizenship, but appears to promote child marriage, will be deleted since it will require voting.

But he said the Senate was poised to remove the section from the law in the first place until members were blackmailed by Mr. Yerima by his claim that an alternative decision would be un-Islamic.

“Let me also talk to my own brothers and sisters who are Senators, who were probably blackmailed. That is the fact, because it is in the open that I cannot also hide it and nobody can hide it,” Mr. Mark said.

“They were simply blackmailed, and on that day, if they didn’t do what they did, nobody knows the outcome or how the consequences will be today, because the people outside can say this man, you are Muslim and didn’t vote for something that is of Islamic interest, because if we don’t hit the nail squarely on the head, we may never get it right.”

Mr. Yerima’s call compelled the Senate to repeat the vote which had already passed the required mark. The second vote was defeated, leaving the section intact.

Mr. Yerima, a former governor of Zamfara State, shot to controversy after introducing the Sharia law while he was in charge of Zamfara State. After he left office and became a senator, he took a fourth wife, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, sparking anger and widespread criticism across the land.

Mr. Mark spoke on Wednesday while receiving a high-level team including the minister of women affairs, Zainab Maina, and the chairman of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, who protested the Senate’s failure to delete the section.

Other members of the team included wife of former Chief Justice of the federation, Maryam Uwais; former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa and former Education Minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili; former women minister, Josephine Anenih; and other top gender activists.

The group asked the Senate to revisit the section and delete it.

“The Senate must remain impervious to emotional, religious reasoning, and focus on the aggregate social good which will protect and enrich the lives of half of the nation’s population,” remarks read by Mrs. Maina said.

“We enjoin the Senate leadership to use every avenue within its rules of procedure to cause a revisit of the vote on Section 29(4) (b). The overwhelming reaction of Nigerians against the outcome of the vote on 16 July, 2013 is a clear and unequivocal indication that women, and indeed diverse and significant constituencies of Nigerians, have concerns for the specific and general implications of the decision of the Senate to retain Section 29(4) (b).”

Mr. Mark said Senators were not “pedophiles” and would reconsider the contentious section.

“We wanted to remove it but it failed, we were a total of 101 Senators, 85 voted and I think about six or so abstained. There was hardly any dissenting votes but once it got mixed up with so many other issues, it didn’t get the required 73 votes anymore.

“So, first of all, I think the castigation outside is done out of misunderstanding but because a religious connotation was brought into it, which is a very sensitive issue and you must agree with me that in this country, we try as must as possible not to bring issues that involves faith to the floor of the Senate and indeed the chamber, we keep religion completely out of it because what is good for a Christian is also good for a Muslim.

“The good of the country is for everybody and not for a particular religious sect. I think the bottom line is, when people get more educated, then we can do a re-think and probably, if the Senate agrees, go back and see whether we can get the required number once more, because that is the solution.”



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Politics / Rivers Crisis: Presidency Condemns Northern Governors’ Visit To Amaechi by masterdre: 6:20am On Jul 25, 2013
The presidency has reacted angrily to last week’s solidarity visit of four northern governors to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State over the violent political crisis there.
Presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe, who addressed a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, described the visit as “political drama”.
Mr. Okupe said the visit by Governors Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, and Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger was a political move “clearly intended to create fear, despair and sense of apprehension among the citizenry.”

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Sports / Breaking:jonathan Honours Nigeria’s 4x400m Olympic Gold Medallist With N5mn Each by masterdre: 1:19pm On Jul 24, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday honoured the Nigerian 4x 400m men relay team that won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The team only recently got its gold medal after Olympic organisers stripped the former winners of the gold medal for failing a dope test. Read details here: http://premiumtimesng.com/sports/141566-breaking-jonathan-honours-nigerias-4x400m-olympic-gold-medallist-with-n5mn-each-others.html
Politics / Dickson - People Are Plotting To Destabilise Bayelsa by masterdre: 7:15am On Jul 24, 2013
There is a plot by some persons within and outside Bayelsa State to destabilise the state, the governor, Seriake Dickson, has said.

The governor stated this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

He alleged that “the plan is being spearheaded with the active support and collaboration of some desperate politicians and their collaborators from neighbouring states who do not mean well for the state.’’

Mr. Iworiso-Markson said that the plan involved embarking on a sponsored mass street protest as part of a campaign of calumny and propaganda against the state government.

“In recent times, we have seen deliberate attempts by this group of desperate power seekers sponsoring some gullible graduates to take to the streets. They were also behind the recent protest staged by pensioners in the state.

“It is sad to note that they are now on a planned mission to incite unsuspecting youths to take to the streets to protest against the state government,” he said.

The spokesperson said that as a responsible government, the administration of Mr. Dickson would not fold its hands while peace and security were undermined in the state. He warned that government would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anybody that breached the existing peace in the state.

“We have it on good authority that these disgruntled politicians are going round doling out cash to recruit youths in the state to join in the dastardly act,’’ Mr. Iworiso-Markson alleged.

He said that the government was aware of plans by “these political leaders to re-open militant camps in the creeks and procure arms as part of their agenda to make the state ungovernable.’’

The spokesperson advised youth in the state to take advantage of the existing peace in the state to advance their potential and wellbeing.


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Politics / Ekiti PDP Suspends Fayose, Others by masterdre: 7:04am On Jul 24, 2013
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State worsened on Tuesday as the party announced the suspension of Ayo Fayose, a former governor in the state.
The Chairman of the party, Makanjuola Ogundipe, announced the suspension in Ado-Ekiti.
He said Mr. Fayose’s suspension followed the roles he allegedly played in the invasion of the state secretariat by hoodlums last week. Read details here: http://premiumtimesng.com/news/141519-ekiti-pdp-suspends-fayose-others.html
Politics / Anenih, Uba, Others To Vie For PDP Ticket In Anambra Governorship by masterdre: 6:40am On Jul 23, 2013
The aspirants meet PDP national leadership, rule out consensus candidacy.

Twenty three people have signified interest to be candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State; and have purchased the Expression of Interest forms to contest the November 16 governorship election.

Josephine Anenih, the wife of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Anenih; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Committee, INEC, Andy Uba; and the Coordinator of Foreign Affairs at the PDP national secretariat, Agape Kramer; are among the members that signified their interest by purchasing the forms for N1 million each.

Others are a former member of the House of Representatives, Nicholas Ukachukwu; a former President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, and PDP chairman in Anambra, Tony Nwoye; a former Senator, Emmanuel Anosike; and Chairman, Gocuz Group of Companies, Obinna Uzor.

The national leadership of PDP had, during a meeting with the party’s stakeholders in Anambra State last week, released the guidelines for the governorship primaries beginning with the sale of Expression of Interest Form between July 18 and 19.

The party also fixed, for August 1 to 5, the sale and return of nomination forms, while the primaries and possible run-off hold August 24. It will submit the name of the eventual candidate to INEC on August 30.

Although the cost of nomination form has not been officially disclosed, sources said it may go for N5 million.

At a meeting with the party leadership on Monday at its national secretariat in Abuja, all the aspirants reportedly resolved not to pick one of them as a consensus candidate, preferring to go through the party primaries.

They also agreed that whoever emerges as the candidate should be supported by others who must not dump PDP for other parties in protest.

It was further gathered that the meeting, which was presided over by the acting Deputy National Secretary, Emmanuel Agboti, and acting National Organising Secretary, Hamisu Abubakar, resolved to shelve the use of electronic registration of the members of the party for the election.

According to a source, due to the peculiarity of the Anambra State chapter of the party, which has three factions, the meeting resolved that the factions should submit their membership lists from which the through membership would be compiled for the August 24 primary election.

The ruling party insisted at the meeting that members on the list of each faction must not only have membership cards but must produce evidence of paying their dues regularly and at the right time. This is expected to check the inclusion of names of people who were never financial members.

A source at the meeting stated that it ruled out the issue of electronic registration for the Anambra election because going by the party guidelines for primaries, the exercise should have been concluded at least a month before the ward congresses which holds on August 17.


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Politics / Even Without “jumbo Allowances” Nigeria’s Lawmakers’ Lead World In Salaries by masterdre: 6:34am On Jul 23, 2013
The Economist’s review of lawmakers’ salaries in 29 nations unsurprisingly hurled Nigeria up the pay rungs, at $189, 500 (about N30 million) in average annually for each Senator or member of the House of Representatives. The figure is second only to Australia.

Relative to each country’s per capita- how much each citizen of each nation is worth when their nation’s total wealth is shared by her population- Nigeria assumed its rightful top, followed by Kenya and Ghana, two other poor African nations, relative to other matched countries.

Find out more here: http://premiumtimesng.com/news/141454-even-without-jumbo-allowances-nigerias-lawmakers-lead-world-in-salaries.html
Politics / I Support Dialogue With Boko Haram – Governor Shettima Of Borno by masterdre: 6:30pm On Jul 22, 2013
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno says his government is in support of the Federal Government’s decision to dialogue with the moderate elements within the Boko Haram sect.

Mr. Shettima, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Monday, noted that most conflicts in the world, including the country’s 1967-1970 civil war, were sorted out at the conference table.

“Unless we want to engage in an endless war, I believe it is irrational for anyone to oppose dialogue as a means of resolving conflicts.

“I see no reason why we should not engage the moderate elements in Boko Haram, who are willing to lay down their arms and who have recognised the territorial integrity of the nation, in a dialogue.

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Politics / Breaking News: PDP Convention Committee In Crucial Meeting by masterdre: 2:09pm On Jul 22, 2013
The members of the Special National Convention Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party are currently in a crucial meeting at the party’s secretariat, in Abuja.

The meeting is being attended by the committee chairman, Jerry Gana; Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; and other members.

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Politics / Again, Nigerian Soldiers Battling Boko Haram Lament Prolonged Stay by masterdre: 3:34pm On Jul 20, 2013
Nigerian soldiers battling insurgents in Yobe State have again lamented the military authorities’ decision to keep them in the war front beyond the officially stated time.

The soldiers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, lamented that they have stayed beyond their regular period of deployment and implored their superiors to adhere to the routine troop rotation.

PREMIUM TIMES encountered many of disenchanted soldiers manning several checkpoints in Yobe, who said they had spent at least nine months in the state instead of the approved six.

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Politics / Breaking News: GSM Services Restored In Borno by masterdre: 3:09pm On Jul 19, 2013
Telecommunication services have been restored in Borno State, the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Federal Government suspended all GSM services in the state since May following the declaration of a State of Emergency there.
Satellite phones, which were becoming popular among middle class and rich residents, were also banned by security forces, who used the telephone black-out as a tactic to limit communication among members of the insurgents.

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Politics / How Nigeria’s Justice Minister, Adoke, Lied To U.K. Group On $1.1bn Malabu Fraud by masterdre: 12:03pm On Jul 19, 2013
While the House of Representatives’ committee report into the Malabu oil bloc deal was laid only last week, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, who is amongst those central to the case, raised a letter more than two months ago to a UK based watchdog, claiming he had been exonerated.
Lawmakers have accused Mr. Adoke of “lying” and disparaging the integrity of the House over a report they have yet to consider; and on Tuesday, summoned the minister for explanations in a new twist to the huge fraud in excess of N170 billion.
“How can a minister lie to the whole world? If you as a minister could lie outside and that is later found out, what impression will that leave on us as a nation? And you say you are fighting corruption,” said Samson Osagie, who raised the matter before the House on Tuesday.

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