Reverse Oduah’s appointments, contracts, experts urge FG.

* If during the tenure of Oduah, 2,000 people were employed, 95 per cent of those numbers were from the south east of NigeriaBarely 24 hours after the removal of Stella Oduah as the minister of aviation by President Goodluck Jonathan, a union leader and an expert in the sector have called for the review of all the appointments made and contracts awarded during her tenure.Those spoken to by National Mirror insisted that most of the appointments were lopsided and did not follow the labour rules. They said that most of those engaged by Oduah were from a particular part of the country.Oduah had immediately after her appointment in the first phase engaged about 75 staff in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, while

Okonjo-Iweala Missing $20bn Oil Money: FG to hire forensic auditors

*No money is missing — NNPC boss*$20bn not accounted for, Sanusi insists*Subsidy: We need legal interpretation — Alison-MaduekeABUJA—The Federal Government is to hire independent forensic auditors to examine the books of the  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,  with a view to ascertaining whether or not it has failed to remit  oil revenues to the Federation Account, as alleged by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Arewa Consultative Forum will not support autonomy for ethnic nationalities at National Conference

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said that the North would not support autonomy for ethnic nationalities during the proposed National Conference in the country.ACF, however, expressed support for devolution of power from the centre to the states in such a way that ”the centre is strong enough to keep the country one, but, not too strong as to push the country towards a unitary system.”The National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani made this known in a statement in Kaduna, yesterday.Sani was reacting to reports that the Yoruba would push for ”ethnic autonomy” during the conference.

Boko Haram storms Borno in SUVs, kills 51

Abducts 25 ladies, scores missing… Survivors, officials recount attackFrom TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, MaiduguriKonduga, a serene community in Borno Central again witnessed another  violence on Tuesday evening as suspected Boko Haram insurgents stormed  the town, killing at least 51 people.Residents and local officials said all the dead were buried  yesterday. Many are still missing even as the…

Defection: $1m bribe scandal rocks House

•Reps order probe  The House of Representatives yesterday ordered a probe into the  allegation by the All Progressives Congress(APC) that $1million bribe  was given to some of its lawmakers to defect to Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) . Five APC House members on Tuesday defected to the PDP, resulting in  the latter reclaiming its majority status in the…

Boko Haram kills 51 in Konduga, Borno State

Borno State Governor, Alhaji. Kashim Shettima, Assessing Houses torched by Boko Haram Insurgents, in KondugaResidents of Konduga, Borno State, had a bad Tuesday night, with Boko Haram fighters killing 51 of them.The insurgents stormed the town in their  hundreds, some of them in army uniforms. They drove in Hilux vans and  had an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) as back-up. For four hours, they  killed and maimed villagers. Many houses were razed.Hundreds were injured. About 1,000 houses and a mosque were burnt down.The insurgents also took hostage 20  young girls from a local school, a teacher said. The military also  confirmed that the attack took place and that it was assessing the  number of casualties.Survivors recounted yesterday the nightmare as Governor Kashim Shettima visited.“It is barbaric and unfortunate,” the governor said.In the ruins of the mosque yesterday lay  bodies ready for burial. They included those of three children who did  not look more than 10 years old.“Why us? Why us?” a woman wailed, trying  to understand why militants set on creating an Islamic state in the  country would attack a town of mainly Muslim farmers.Numerous villages in the area have been  attacked and hundreds have been killed in recent months, despite a  nine-month-long military state of emergency to halt the uprising in  Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.The Boko Haram insurgency has made thousands homeless while more have fled to other parts of Nigeria and to neighbouring states.Farmers described Tuesday night’s attack  to the governor. They told the governor that about 400 attackers in  military camouflage drove in from all directions in apparently stolen  army trucks led by an armoured Personnel Carrier (APC). They called  people out then opened fire, the survivors said.The few soldiers and police stationed in the town, outnumbered and outgunned, fled, they said.The extremists arrived at 6 p.m. and  went from house to house, using homemade bombs to set them ablaze.  Shettima said about 70 per cent of the town was destroyed.The attackers only fled around 10 p.m. when a military aircraft strafed them into flight, survivors said.Angry residents asked the governor why it took hours for the military to

Rosemary Edeh Arrested Over Child Theft

The police at the ‘B’ Division, Asaba, Delta State, have  arrested a housewife identified as Rosemary Edeh for allegedly stealing a  five-year-old girl under the custody of a house help around Okwue  community in the state. Reports said the suspect was arrested in her attempt to run away with  the baby after deceiving the custodian that…