Sultan advises govt to swap Chibok girls with detainees

Fears of a plan to Islamise Nigeria are unfounded, Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III said yesterday.Sultan Abubakar, who is also the President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents.His Eminence spoke in Abuja while opening the 7th Annual National Conference organised by the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN) in Abuja, with the  theme: “Rule of Law and Social Justice: A Panacea for Unity and National Development.”He insisted that the government could only win the war against insurgency through dialogue.

President Jonathan anti-democratic forces working against 2015 polls

President Goodluck Jonathan has said there are some anti-democratic forces working to truncate the 2015 elections. The President spoke yesterday at the All-Political Parties Summit at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. The summit was organised by the Office of the Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi.Jonathan urged Nigerians to ensure that such forces do not exploit the system’s weaknesses to perpetrate evils.He said: “There are still very remorseless anti-democratic forces operating in the political system. They are ever ready to exploit lapses in the management of our political and electoral processes.

National Conference Delegates remove immunity clause for President, govs, other elected officers

IF the decision taken yesterday by delegates at the on-going National Conference sails through, the President of the country, the governors and all elected officers will no longer enjoy immunity, as it was unanimously agreed that the immunity clause be removed from the constitution.Adopting the report of the Hajiya Bola Shagaya-led Committee on Economy, Trade and Investment, delegates in a voice votes, said, “there shall be no immunity for all elected government officials”.The Committee had recommended thus,”the immunity clause should be removed if the offences attract criminal charges to encourage accountability by those managing the economy.”

I have access to Boko Haram, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday that he could reach out to the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the sect, but regretted that the Federal Government had yet togive him the go ahead. Obasanjo,in an interview on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation,…

18 soldiers in soup over alleged mutiny

By MARIAM ALESHINLOYE AGBOOLA JOS, AND MOLLY KILETE. ABUJA• 5 securitymen among 10 killed in fresh Plateau attackFor their role in the alleged mutiny at 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Borno State on May 14 this year, 18 soldiers have been arrested, sources claimed.This is even as gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, shot and…

Police Ordered To Arrest Sanusi, New Emir Of Kano, For “Fraud”

The Nigerian police have been ordered to arrest the newly-crowned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on fraud-related charges stemming from his tenure as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).According to reliable sources at the Presidency in Abuja, the team of policemen at the Emir’s palace in Kano received the order from the Nigeria police headquarters to place Mr. Sanusi under arrest if he leaves the Kano Governor’s lodge.The sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Sanusi was to be arrested at his private home on Sunday night after his appointment was announced by the Kano State

Gov Kwankwaso of Kano my life under threat over Sanusi

Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso said yesterday that his life is under threat. President Goodluck Jonathan should be held responsible, if anything happens to him and his family, he told reporters in Abuja.He also said the President would be accountable for any breakdown of law and order in Kano State over the choice of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir.Kwankwaso said All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders did not dictate to him who to appoint, adding that Sanusi’s choice was final.Kwankwaso said contrary to the Presidency’s posture, Sanusi’s choice was popular.

Kerry leads U.S. delegation to London summit on Boko Haram terrorists

United States (U.S.) Secretary of State John Kerry is leading a U.S. official delegation to the London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram.The U.S. Department of State said in a statement that the delegation would also attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict also to hold in London.The statement said t the delegation to the international summit would attend the summit from June 11 to June 13.“The delegation to the summit from the United States will be led by Secretary of State John Kerry.  The London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram is a continuation of the May 17 Nigeria Security Summit in Paris. Peace and security in Nigeria is one of our highest foreign policy priorities in Africa.