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Tough time awaits Boko Haram – Jonathan

 President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that with the appointment  of new Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs, tough time awaits Boko  Haram, even as the House of Representatives ordered investigation into  the arrest of 320 suspected terrorists in Rivers State. The President’s assurance came 48 hours after gunmen suspected to be  Boko Haram killed over 70 people including worshippers and villagers in  Adamawa and Borno states last Sunday. In one attack, some men armed with guns and explosives killed 18  people at a Catholic church during a morning mass in Waga Chakawa  village in Adamawa State. The community is in Madagali Local Government, which is a boundary  area with Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The area is known  for series of insurgent attacks since the declaration of the state of  emergency. Jonathan, who paid homage to the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji  Barkindo Mustapha at his palace in Adamawa State yesterday, stressed  that the excesses of the terrorist group will be curtailed. The President, who condoled with the people of Adamawa State for the  killings, congratulated the state for producing the current Chief of  Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. Jonathan said, “he is  somebody I have worked with before and I believe with him and the other  service chiefs definitely, the security equation will change. They have  not been cleared by the National Assembly, which I believe will be done  this week. “I believe by next week, we will have our first security council  meeting and I believe that the tempo will change. The police, working  with the Armed Forces, the excesses of Boko Haram will be reduced”, he  said. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives yesterday asked its  Committees on Police and Human Rights to investigate the reported arrest  of 320 suspected Boko  Haram members in Rivers State. It also set up an 18-man panel to visit Borno State and commiserate  with the families of people killed by insurgents in Maiduguri recently. The resolution followed  a motion moved by the Deputy Minority  Leader, Hon  Suleiman Abdularahman Kawu on the need to investigate the  arrest of 320 suspected Boko Haram members in Rivers State. The motion was passed when the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, put the motion to vote.

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Benue youths kick against incessant Fulani herdsmen’s attacks

Apparently irked by the incessant attacks on agrarian communities in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, thousands of youth in the state yesterday took to the street to protest what they have termed endless massacre of Benue people by some blood thirsty herdsmen in the state.Report says Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWICA, and some students took to the streets of Makurdi to express their grievance over the killings.The peaceful demonstration, DailyPost gathered began at the Wurukum roundabout while the protesters carried placards and chanted songs of sorrow because of the many lives that had been lost. Some of the placards read, “Fulanis out of Benue, this is our home”, “Gov. Suswam, our lives are more important than cow meat” and “YOWICAN says government, help us remove Fulanis” among others.The state president of YOWICAN, Daniel Peverga Dam-Ayali told journalists that, “the incessant attacks by the Fulani herdsmen have become unnecessary and it is obvious that all effort to end the mayhem seems abortive. We want urgent and total removal of these Fulanis out of our peace loving state.”It was observed that the irate youth marched on all major roads and streets of the state capital and later proceeded to Government House, Makurdi where they demanded that Governor Gabriel Suswam should address them.The protest disrupted traffic on major roads and there was commotion before the chief of staff to the governor, Prof. Saint Gbilekaa, arrived to address the youth.Gbilekaa told the protesters that governor Suswam was on vacation and appealed to them to calm down, adding that a committee had been inaugurated to look into the immediate and remote causes of the attacks and offer a lasting solution.

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South-East marginalised in composition of Nigeria’s security leadership

The Abia State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, has expressed concern over the composition of the top echelon of the nation’s security agencies, saying the arrangement excluded the South- East zone. He said that the composition of the top leadership of the security agencies tilted more to a particular section of the country and, therefore, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to look critically into the situation and redress it. In a statement issued in Umuahia, the state capital, Nwaka said that it was not unlikely that the vacant position of the Minister of Defence would go to the North,

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President Jonathan Why I fired service chiefs

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that he sacked the immediate past service chiefs because of unhealthy competition which made it possible for Boko Haram insurgents to attack the Air Force operational base in Maiduguri. Jonathan said the terrorists destroyed fighter aircraft during the attack and went scot free because of the rivalry between the former service chiefs. The service chiefs, who were sacked included the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim; Lt General Azubuike Ihejirika, Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, Chief of Naval Staff. The President warned that any rivalry among the new service chiefs that threatens national security as was the case in the past, would not be tolerated. He spoke in Yola at the commissioning of the Nigeria Air Force, NAF, Comprehensive Secondary School. He said a situation where Boko Haram terrorists

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president Jonathan, Igbos, And The Second Niger Bridge By Frank Onia

The standard criteria for decisions on infrastructural deployment include need, available resources, competing demands for finite resources, alignment with related infrastructure, incubatory foundation for progressive deployment, social benefits, political patronage, economic benefits, minimization of stress and hardship for the citizens, potentials for stimulating overall economic development, balancing considerations, replacement of obsolete infrastructure, need to embrace emerging and efficient technology, etc, etc. When viewed from an objective prism and against the backdrop of the itemized criteria above, it is long overdue to replace the Niger Bridge at Onitsha, which has verifiably and universally been identified as a deathtrap.

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Crisis looms as soldiers invade Okerenkoko community, Warri South

WARRI— Fresh communal crisis is brewing in Okerenkoko community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State over the invasion of the community by soldiers, last ThursdayTo stem the ugly development,  community leaders have petitioned  President Goodluck Jonathan asking for a redress.Leaders under the Okerenkoko National Development Forum, led by Chief Michael Johnny, through their…

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Why Enugu Officials Invaded Dep Gov’s Lodge, Destroyed Poultry, Carted Away Birds, Eggs

OFFICIALS OF THE ENUGU CAPITAL TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, ECTDA EVACUATING THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR’S POULTRY.Yesterday, officials of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority  and Ministry of Environment, acting on orders of the Chief of Staff to  Governor Sullivan Chime, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, in an unprecedented move  stormed the official lodge of the state deputy governor, Mr. Sunday  Onyebuchi, and carted away over 3,000 birds and about 40 crates of eggs  from his poultry.The ECTDA and Environment Ministry officials, who were led by their  commissioners, Messrs Ikechukwu Ugwuegede and Nnaemeka Chukwuone  respectively, arrived the lodge at about 1p.m. on Monday to inform Mr.  Onyebuchi of the Chief of Staff’s order to evacuate the chickens and  demolish the poultry, which the government said constituted a public  health hazard.It was a hapless deputy governor, who was with his wife and personal  aides, including the security officers attached to his office at the  lodge, which has been under renovation since September 2012, watched as  his birds were evacuated in four trucks to an unknown destination by the  officials.In justification of the state government’s action, Chief Press  Secretary to Chime, Chukwudi Achife, said it was regrettable that the  deputy governor chose to ignore all entreaties, including a government  directive, to relocate the birds, especially since it had to do with the  health of the people.The statement read:  “In recent times, the stench from the poultry  had been pervading the Government House and causing much discomfort to  all workers within the Government House, including, of course, the  governor.“Following persistent complaints and appeals from staff of the  government, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr. GOC Ajah, was  instructed to invite the Ministry of Environment and Government House  clinic to inspect the poultry.“Both the Ministry and Government House medical personnel came out  with a verdict that the place was not being well kept and constituted a  health hazard to people working in the Government House.