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While Okorocha and APC busy Islamising Biafrans, Police in Imo State are busy Renting Rifles to Kidnappers

Five policemen, serving in Imo State police command, including the armourer of New Owerri police division, are now in detention over how one of the AK-47 rifles officially issued for guard duties, ended up in the hands of dare devil kidnappers operating in the state.Confirming the develpoment to Vanguard in a telephone interview yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina, said while four of the five policemen were explaining their involvement in the sordid act, the armourer is being tried for negligent conduct.Katsina said: “It is true that I ordered the arrest, detention and interrogation of four serving policemen of this command for allegedly renting one of the rifles assigned to them to dare devil kidnappers.”According to the CP, all the police officers, including the armourer, arrested in connection with the sordid finding are now facing orderly room trial.He said: “I have constituted a panel to try them. They have been given the opportunity to explain and anybody found to be involved in the crime would be made to face the full weight of the law.”Giving a graphic account of how the police recovered the weapon from fleeing kidnappers, Katsina said the command’s Ambush Squad gave a hot chase to a gang of kidnappers and in the process, they abandoned the gun in their operational vehicle and ran away.“When the vehicle was thoroughly searched, the AK-47 rifle belonging to the command was recovered. We traced the point of issue to New Owerri police division and that is how the armourer came into the picture,” the CP said.Katsina said policemen are given weapons to protect the citizens and not to use it to terrorize the people they are supposed to protect.“The four were officially assigned the weapons for guard duties. The other three policemen never reported to anybody that their colleague whose weapon was later recovered from kidnappers, was not reporting for duty” the CP said.


Jonathan ready to mend fences with Obasanjo – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said President Goodluck Jonathan was favourably disposed to mending fences with former President Olusegun.The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, made this known on Sunday that the feud between Jonathan and Obasanjo was adding to the worries of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.The sour relationship between the duo became public knowledge in December 2013 when Obasanjo wrote a letter titled “Before it is too late” to Jonathan.In the letter, he accused the President of condoning corruption, training snipers, putting some persons on a watch list and engaging in other acts capable of destroying the country.Jonathan replied Obasanjo openly, saying his letter was designed to incite Nigerians against him.There were however speculations that some former leaders had approached the President and Obasanjo to reconcile them.Although Gulak, in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, said he was not aware of such moves, he added that there was nothing wrong with it.He stated that in spite of the exchange of letters between the two leaders, Jonathan still held Obasanjo in high esteem.The presidential aide said the President did not only see Obasanjo as a leader but also as his father.He said the President had nothing against Obasanjo because he believed strongly that only God was perfect.The Presidential aide said, “We are not aware of the reconciliation moves but there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, it is a good development because our party, the PDP, is always open to reconciliation.“Only God is perfect. If in the wisdom of the nation’s elders, there is a need for reconciliation, there is no problem.“Let me assure you however that President Jonathan has nothing against Chief Obasanjo. He considers the former President as a leader and a father, that is why he calls him Baba.“President Jonathan has highest respect for Chief Obasanjo. The recent exchange of letters does not mean that he does not hold the former President in high esteem.“Nobody is perfect. No leader is perfect, it is only God that is perfect. There is no alternative to peace in the country and in our party.”However, a media aide to Obasanjo, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, said on Sunday that the ex-president was not at war with Jonathan.Oladunjoye, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, also said he was not aware of any move to reconcile the two leaders.He said, “Baba did not write that letter as an enemy. He said he wrote the letter as part of his duties to his political godson, the PDP and the nation.“I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that Baba is not at war with anybody, including the President. That is why when the President wrote his own letter, Baba said he had no comment to make.”Oladunjoye wondered why some people felt they could profit from a dispute that did not exist between Obasanjo and Jonathan.He added that Obasanjo had, in his letter, stated that he would maintain his serenity.But a top source in the PDP said the ruling party’s leadership was at a crossroads on how to handle the misunderstanding between the two leaders.The source said the disagreement was not good for the PDP, especially at this critical period when all hands must be on the deck ahead of the 2015 general elections.The source said,


Presidency shops for Tukur’s replacement

The Presidency has finally moved against the National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as it is now certain that it is shopping for his replacement. Reliable sources told Vanguard that Tukur “will lose his position on January 16, as his exit is now a foregone conclusion.”The sources said the out-going Chairman may be replaced by Waliki Adamawa, Alhaji Hassan Adamu. The sources said the party needed a new hand to pilot its affairs as it seemed that many party faithful were against the chairman, whose alleged imposition of his maternal cousin as a candidate for one of the elections in his home state, Adamawa, precipitated the crises that had been rocking PDP for over a year now.


Massive shake-up in Airforce and Navy

IN order to effectively checkmate the growing insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Airforce and the Navy, at the weekend, effected a massive shake-up in the two services in order to position them for effective operations. Also, the shake-up became inevitable following the recent promotion of senior officers in the Nigerian Air Force and the Navy. In the postings released by the Director of Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, Air Vice Marshal S.B. Abubakar is now the new Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Kaduna, while his predecessor, Air Vice Marshal I. Umar, moves to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Policy & Plans; Air Vice


President Jonathan Nigeria must be saved from evil people

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, stoked his campaign against perceived enemies of the country, saying that Nigeria “must be liberated from evil people”. He also insisted that his administration was committed to combating the threat posed by the Boko Haram sect. The President noted that the Boko Haram menace was a temporary problem that will be defeated. Speaking at the first Sunday church service of the year at the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) Abuja, President Jonathan said no person or group will be allowed to hold the nation to ransom. According to him, the country must be liberated from “evil persons” in order to bequeath to generations unborn, a country that they would be proud of.

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Should have Killed All Biafrans When We Had The Chance Buhari, Obasanjo and Co.Regrets; “You May Not Survive This” – Obasanjo Tells Jonathan

While the country [Nigeria] grapple with the oily grips from the quibble between a political godfather and a political godson, little is made of the actual behind the scene factors that led to the crack in the formerly rosy relationship. Information available to 247ureports.com through sources close to the principal actors within the warring camps reveal what appears an unspoken truth – that dates back to the fall of Biafra to the Nigeria troops led by the then Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo in Owerri, the then capital of the federal republic of Biafra.According to the consortium of sources who spoke on the true causative factors responsible for the turn in demeanor in the former People Democratic Party [PDP] godfather, General Olusegun Obasanjo towards President Jonathan, indicate that the chief reason for the effort to halt Jonathan’s presidency before 2015 points to the formerly agreed upon policy towards the former eastern region – which later became the Biafra territory – that then lost the war the Nigerian troops.According to a competent source, the self – acclaimed victors of the Nigerian civil war, the likes of Buhari, Babangida, Obasanjo, Gowon, Murtala Mohammed and company – had an agreed upon policy of under-development of the region – to aide sedated the urge for another agitation group to find its footing. The policy was particularized for the south east zone.Such policies focused on denying the region of an international airport, ability to source crude oil and refine, ability to access international trade and technology – among other sensitive developmental vectors. Through the successive government that followed after the military fall of the Biafra effort, the policy was implemented without error. Obasanjo’s regime during the civilian era ensured that the marginalization policy remained unchanged.The talk of locating an international airport at each geopolitical zone in Nigeria saw a defiant Obasanjo when the discourse included South East region. The Obasanjo regime also saw the placement of an oil refinery in the South East as going against the agreed upon policy of the winners of the Nigeria/Biafra war. The exploration of crude oil deposits around the Kogi/Enugu/Anambra belt remained abandoned during his regime.The surprise and uncharacteristic coming of Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan to the presidential seat brought an anomaly into the equation. The said owners of the country did not expect what his presidency may result to – as per the agreed upon policy towards the south east region. Obasanjo had promised his “co-owners” that he would be able to “control” the excesses of President Jonathan – “that Goodluck was his boy” and will be held with a short leash. Obasanjo’s northern partners were able to rest their nerves in that President Jonathan will serve a mere one term and that by 2015, he will step down from the mantle of leadership and allowed for the owners of Nigeria to continue along the path already set out by General Gowon.


Okorocha and Amaechi discounted as Buhari, Kwankwaso, Ribadu in Quiet Battle for APC Ticket

Former VP Atiku Abubakar also in consideration Membership registration this month, convention holds in MarchEmmanuel Bello and  Onyebuchi EzigboA silent but potent war in a bid to emerge the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2015 presidential election may have begun.In the quiet moves to position themselves for the ticket are former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who though is yet to formally join APC.The thinking in APC, THISDAY learnt at the weekend, is to throw the race wide open so that nobody feels left out or thinks the ticket is his birthright.Meanwhile, the opposition party is also planning to organise its first national convention to elect a substantive leadership by March.APC has been running with interim national executives since inception last year.Party sources told THISDAY that the party had decided that it would commence membership registration this month, before conducting congresses at the ward, local government and state levels to pick its executives at those levels, culminating in the holding of a national convention by March and presidential primaries later this year.Although Buhari has not declared an ambition yet, many watchers said he has not foreclosed contesting for the presidency again.Buhari recently denied anointing anyone as presidential candidate for the APC. Analysts believe he is still the candidate to beat in the party.If his body language is anything to go by, indications are that the three-time presidential candidate may still yield to pressure from his numerous supporters who are urging him to join the fray.Recently an ideological support group aiming to propagate the ideals and values of the former head of state said it planned to launch its operations in January.The national coordinator of the support group and APC chieftain, Alhaji Mustapha Habib, in an interview with THISDAY, said the objective of the organisation was to educate the youth about Buhari’s ideology and moral values so that they can understand it and use it to enhance national development.Former EFCC chairman Ribadu is also yet to openly declare for the race but he is said to be bidding his time as well.Ribadu had contested the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, which was won by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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GOOD OR BAD NEWS: Nigeria to hug Gold discovered in Kogi, as Biafra separate from it

GUARDIAN – Kinsfield Energy Limited has made a commercial gold ore discovery at one of the fields in Yagba West Area of Kogi State, Nigeria.Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adekunle Akintola, who made the announcement, said, “Kinsfield Energy has done geological mapping, geophysical survey, geochemical sampling and currently contracting core drilling of the gold fields.”Akintola said…

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Rochas Okorocha and APC Woo Youth In Imo State

The All Progressives Congress in Imo State has called on the youths to embrace the party ahead of the 2015 general elections in order to continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.The party says it has earmarked series of projects that the youth will benefit from in the year 2014.While addressing over 5,000 youths at a sensitisation rally in Obowo Local Government Area, APC chieftain in the state and Imo state Commissioner for Finance, Chike Okafor , enjoined them to be part of the wind of change that is blowing across the nation which the APC has initiated.He maintained that the party had cut out a manifesto programmed towards youth empowerment, job creation and qualitative education for the Nigerian youths.“Support Governor Rochas Okorocha, who, incidentally, is the Chairman the APC Governors Forum. It is worthy of note that the Okorocha led administration is ready to consolidate on the projects and policies which has been instituted since his two years in office,” Mr Ibe said.Governor Okorocha was elected under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance but defected to the APC in 2013.