Arsenal have announced they have postponed their proposed pre-season trip to Nigeria.
The Gunners were set to play a match in Abuja on August 5, but have now decided against fulfilling the fixture as “a result of complexities linked to the planned game.”
Arsenal marketing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement: “Bringing a top-level club to an international market is always complicated and logistically challenging.
“With the proposed match in Nigeria planned for early August, we could not get comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the team’s visit.”
Kinnear continued: “We have a huge and loyal following in Africa, and we are sorry that the team will not be visiting this summer. Read the rest of this entry »
Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Tuesday said Nigeria and other countries faced with the scourge of terrorism could defeat the menace if they network and share knowledge and experiences of their successes and challenges.
Addressing journalists at the opening of the 43rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) African Region in Gauteng, South Africa, Tambuwal said good governance and active citizen participation in how they are led will also play significant part in reducing acts of terror on the continent.
He said in Nigeria, the convening of town hall meetings and active participation of the citizens in legislative processes through public hearings have gone a long way in helping the parliament achieve its set goals. Read the rest of this entry »
Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum , MR. Rotimi Amaechi
By Chuks Okocha
Reports presented by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have revealed how Jigawa, Kano and Enugu State governments have uncovered over N8.1 billion by ordering the closure of multiple banks’ accounts and reduction of ghost workers from the workers’ salaries and wages bill.
This was disclosed in the report presented by Dr. Joe Abah, the National Programme Manager of the DFID/SPARC in a workshop organised for media workers by the NGF Tuesday in Abuja.
According to Abah in the report, “by reducing the number of bank accounts in Jigawa state from 615 to 105, the Jigawa state government recovered N2 billion which it was able to put back into its budget. Kano state reduced the number of bank accounts from 756 to 92 and thus recovered N4.5 billion and Enugu reduced its own from 100 to 10 and was able to put back N1.6 billion into its treasury”.
The report, Abah further said, showed that “the return of unspent funds in Jigawa state at the end of 2009 yielded N9.3 billion which went into the 2010 budget and this has since become a standard practice in the state that unspent funds must be returned to the state treasury”. Read the rest of this entry »
Two students of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko have been confirmed dead in a cult related crisis that engulfed the institution yesterday.
The death occurred against the backdrop of reports that the Benue State Police Command recovered a box full of AK 47 live ammunition from four suspects who were hauling the arms to the crisis torn Eggon and Alaago communities of Nasarawa State.
Briefing newsmen yesterday on the two incidents, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer for Benue State, ASP Ejike Alaribe said the police in Gboko last night received a report that two suspected cultists had at 8pm stormed the home of two students of Fidei Polytechnic and shot one of them whose name was given as Akawa on the neck, thus killing him instantly.
Alaribe noted that Akawa died before he could receive medical attention, adding that when the news of his death filtered into the institution, students mobilized themselves and went after the assailants.
According to him, “They caught up with the two suspects who were identified as being responsible for the shooting, matcheted one of them to death but the police arrived the scene before they meted out jungle justice on the other”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tokunbo Adedoja
United States on Thursday executed an asset forfeiture order on $401,931 linked to former Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
This was sequel to a motion granted by US District Court Judge, Rya Zobel on June 13, for a default judgment and forfeiture order filed by the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.
The executed order, which is the first forfeiture judgment obtained under the Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, allows US to dispose of the forfeited funds in accordance with the country’s law.
Announcing this on Thursday, the Justice Department said the funds forfeited were held in an investment account in Boston traceable to an undisclosed Alamieyeseigha account in Florida. Read the rest of this entry »
Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris, the Commissioner of Police, said that three of the militants were arrested, but also that a police corporal, Saidu Umar, was killed.
Mr. Idris was addressing reporters at the Police Headquarters. He said the gun duels took place at different locations where the militant elements members had planned coordinated attacks, including Dala Police Division, Jakara Police Barracks, Goron Dutse Prison Yard, 52 Squadron Challawa and Junior Secondary School Sabuwar Doka in Ungogo Local Government Area.
At Dala Police Division, about 30 insurgents attacked Police men on duty with assault rifles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), he said.
“During the gun duel, the superior power of police killed 10 of the extremists. They abandoned their motor vehicles—a Golf Car, Bus containing large quantity of drugs and syringes, Toyota Corolla, cash sum of N100, 000, 10 undetonated explosives and some drugs for First Aid.
He said they after the militants were repelled, his men recovered three AK 47 rifles, eight magazines with hundreds of live ammunitions from the militants. One of the police officers, Sergeant Baba Williams, was wounded in the leg.
In their attack at Jakara, the insurgents threw several IEDs. They shattered part of the Police Out-Post, which has been under key and lock since last December. In an exchange of gun shots, two of the sect members were killed.
Similarly, five of the attackers were killed during a serious fight with the police at 52 Sqaudron in Challawa, Mr. Idris said.
There were no casualties of damage at Goron Dutse Prison.
Mr. Idris said that there were explosions at Sabuwar Abuja in Panshekara area, and at Sabuwar Doka Junior Secondary School in a suburb of Ungogo, where policemen who rushed there discovered that one class room to have been partially damaged by the blast. One Boko Haram member was killed at a private residentce.
The commissioner of Police identified items recovered from the sect members at the different locations to include five assault rifles, 14 IEDs, 220 rounds of live ammunition, five motor vehicles, three motorcycles, large quantities of drugs and syringes, and the sum of N100,000.
In a press statement, the spokesman of the Kano Joint Security Task Force (JTF), Lt. Ikedichi Iweha compared yesterday’s events to those of the 20 January 2012 attacks in the state.
He said that the attackers arrived at at about 1810Hrs, detonating multiple IEDs at Goron Dutse and Dala general areas, and eventually gained access to the Dala Police Division outpost were they killed a Police Corporal. Their plans to loot the arms store were however foiled by the swift response of security forces.
In the intense shootout that followed, seven of the terrorists were killed and several wounded, he said. He said efforts were ongoing to apprehend those of the attackers with gunshot wounds as well as other unexploded IEDs.
On the prison break in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State where about 40 inmates were freed, Lt. Iweha said efforts were on to track them down, and that JTF believes that the intent of the terrorists was to first destabilize the closest reinforcement to the Goron Dutse prisons and then storm the prison for a possible prison break.
“This latest incidence once again reveals that members of the terrorist’s sect would stop at nothing to destabilize the peace of the state and commercial activities which are slowly picking up. All efforts must collectively be on deck to root out these terrorists,” he said.
He thanked the people of Kano for their cooperation and urged them to be vigilant and to continue to provide information on suspicious persons within the communities.
“It will be recalled that the same terrorist gangs having failed in their attempt to destabilize Kano earlier went and planted IED in a mosque in Fagge just before last Friday’s prayers with an intent to invoke religious conflicts among the adherents of the two major religions thereby achieving their aim of destabilizing the state,” he said. “The JTF will continue to treat all information given with the utmost confidentiality.”