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Peter Obi joins Jonathan to hail Nigeria Army In Keeping Nigeria Together.

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi yesterday hailed the Nigerian Army for contributing to nation-building.The governor spoke in Awka when he led other top government officials to lay wreaths at this year’s Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration.The ceremony, held at the Alex Ekwueme Square, climaxed the remembrance and Emblem Appeal Week.The wreath-laying exercise started with…

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Jonathan sacks service chiefs, appoints new ones

President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked all the service chiefs, who are statutorily the heads of the nation’s military apparatus.This was contained in the Twitter and Facebook posts by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Thursday.No reason was given for the changes.The post read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria approved the following changes in the nation’s Military High Command:“Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim as Chief of Defence Staff.“Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Minimah takes over from Lt.-General Azubike Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff.“Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu takes over from Air Marshal Badeh as Chief of Air Staff.“All the changes are with immediate effect.”The new Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Badeh was born on January 10, 1957 and joined the Air Force as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 21 Regular Course while the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Minimah was born on July 27, 1959 and joined the Army as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 25 Regular Course. Until his new appointment, Major-General Minimah was the Commander of the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps, Jaji.The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin was born on September 16, 1959 and joined the Navy as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 24 Regular Course. Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was Director of Training at Defence Headquarters.The new Chief of Air Staff and immediate past Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was born on August 1, 1958 and joined the Air Force as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 25 Regular Course. Until his new appointment, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi.

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APGA in fresh leadership crisis as court sacks Umeh, Shinkafi

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday sacked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh and its National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, from office.The trial high court, in a judgment yesterday, held that the duo were not only invalidly elected into office by voice votes instead of secret ballot as stipulated by Article 18 (3) of the Constitution of APGA, but that the party’s scribe had overstayed in office contrary to the provisions of the constitution.The verdict signposts the return of fresh leadership crisis in the party.The presiding high court judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, who invalidated the election of both the national chairman and secretary of the party, however, endorsed the Maxi Okwu parallel executive committee as the authentic leader of the party.The case, which has the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as a codefendant directed the electoral umpire to comply with the court judgement.But moments after the verdict was delivered yesterday, the duo of Umeh and Shinkafi declared the judgement as incompetent, null and void and mere an exhibition of judicial rascality.They urged party faithful and the Nigerians to see the judgement as an anomaly which would be corrected on appeal.The duo, who were affected by the judgment yesterday, had also filed a notice of appeal and an application for stay of the judgement pending the determination of their appeal.They, however, vowed to proceed against the trial judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, whom they claimed willfully delivered what they called the “fraudulent judgment” to unsettle APGA, a political party which controls governance a state of the federation.It will be recalled that the founding leader of APGA, Chief Chekwas Okorie was fought, in law courts, to a standstill by Chief Victor Umeh’s executive committee for many years.Chief Okorie, who accepted defeat recently after the Supreme Court declared that he had been expelled from the party and could therefore not claim to be the leader of the party, had since formed another party.The acceptance of the judgement of the apex court then, had brought peace into the party.But yesterday’s judgment seemed to have unsettled the peace being enjoyed in the party.The background to the brewing crisis in APGA is that a chieftain of the party, Chief Maxi Okwu had dragged Umeh, Shinkafi and INEC before the court, challenging their continual stay in office beyond what the constitution of the party provided for.Okwu had instituted the suit on August 19, 2013 seeking an order directing the second defendant (Shinkafi) to vacate his office as the national secretary of the party having been first elected into office on January 10, 2003.He prayed for an order directing the first and second defendants and all officers they represented to vacate their offices forthwith not having been elected in accordance with Article 18 (4) of the constitution of the party, which prescribed that election into the offices shall be by secret ballot, and an order directing INEC to deal with Maxi Okwu’s leadership of APGA.

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Suspicious Moves: Sultan, northern rulers in a closed door talk with National-Security Adviser (NSA)

DAILY NEWSWATCH – As part of ongoing efforts to harmonise a common front before the 2015 general elections and also end the crippling insecurity in the region, members of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), National Security Adviser (NSA) and Northern Traditional Rulers Council were yesterday locked in a closed door meeting in Kaduna for hours.Daily Newswatch…

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Shocker, Zoological President of The Zoo invites UN secretary to centenary celebration.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday received a letter of invitation from President Goodluck Jonathan to attend activities marking the nation’s centenary scheduled for February 27.The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, received the invitation on behalf of Ban who was in Kuwait for a fund raising conference to support the Syrian people.However, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Martin Uhomoibhi, delivered the invitation also accompanied by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu and the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Usman Sarki.Speaking with reporters, Uhomoibhi described the letter as “a very special letter from Mr. President, inviting the UN Secretary-General to do all he can to be present at the centenary celebration.“There is a role for the Secretary-General’s office to deliver a goodwill message for Nigerians.“The letter also contained a concept paper describing in very meticulous detail the importance which Nigeria ascribes to the celebration and the need for the UN to reinforce this commitment and the belief of Nigeria that our great country is committed to peace, democracy and good government.“It also stresses the need to remain a united, strong and indivisible country for many, many years to come.”Uhomoibhi added that “the reception was warm, the reception was very cordial and we have it on good record that they will give it very serious consideration, based on this personal delivery of this message to the Secretary-General”.Responding to questions on whether the passage of anti-homosexuality law by government would not discourage the UN Secretary-General from honouring the invitation, the Permanent Secretary said there was no linkage between anti-gay legislation and the celebration.“Absolutely not and I do not see any reason whatsoever why a nation such as ours that has played an important role in the development of the human race can be summarised negatively in terms of one piece of legislation, a legislation which an independent country such as Nigeria has decided to effect because it considered it to be in its own interest.”Also on what difference the centenary celebration would make in the political structure of Nigeria in view of speculations regarding the likely consequences, Uhomoibhi said he believed this was the problem of the elite.According to him, such imaginations are the problems of the elite, saying “we should not deceive ourselves on how the average Nigerian feels about his country”.

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Gov Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State Nigeria’s unity non-negotiable

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable even as he commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their defence of democracy. The governor, who stated this yesterday at the grand finale of the Armed Force Remembrance Day celebration in Benin City, said: “Presidents will come and go, governors will come and go, but the Nigeria nation will remain forever. On this occasion, it is important that we pledge our continued commitment to the indivisibility of Nigeria. I am unrepentant in my conviction that the unity of this country is non-negotiable.”We can talk on how to grow the economy, we can talk on the best time to create jobs, we can lament what we have not done right, but we cannot discuss whether Nigeria is a reality. On this occasion, which coincides with the celebration of Nigeria’s centenary, I think all Nigerians should use this opportunity to recognize that people died to keep Nigeria one.

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Court rejects govt’s report on Okah’s health status

A Federal High Court yesterday rejected the report of a medical examination conducted on suspected terrorist, Charles Okah, by the Federal Government. The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a ruling, ordered that a fresh medical assessment that will reveal Okah’s current mental state be conducted within 15 days.His decision was sequel to observation raised by defence lawyer, John Ainetor, about some inconsistencies contained in the report.Okah is being tried with Obi Nwabueze over the 2010 Independence Day twin bombing in Abuja which caused the death of about 12 people, leaving several others injured.Four people, believed to be members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) led by Henry Okah

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A Group wants Former Gov Alhaji Sheriff been arrest over the Borno bombing

A Maiduguri-based group, Borno Elites for Peace, Stability and Progress, has called for the arrest and interrogation of the former governor of the state, Alhaji Modu Sheriff over Tuesday suicide bombing that killed 30 people in Maiduguri.The call, according to the group, was necessitated by a statement allegedly credited to the campaign organization of the former governor, claiming knowledge of those responsible for the bombing.The group’s statement, which was made available to Daily Sun yesterday and signed by the trio of Imam Ibrahim Gazali, chairman;, Saleh Yerima Biu, vice chairman; and Mary James Bata, secretary, called on the Nigerian Army and the National Security Adviser (NSA) to extract information on Sheriff as regard the genesis of Boko Haram menace in North-eastern state of the country.