Nigerians travelling to the United States of America, USA, will be affected by the country’s recent tagging of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, as a terrorist group. On November 13, the U.S. designated the sect and Ansaru militant groups as foreign terrorist organisations with the State Department describing the move as “an important” step to help Nigeria “root out violent extremism.” A statement by the State Department said: “These designations are an important and appropriate step, but only one tool in what must be a comprehensive approach by the Nigerian government to counter these groups.” It means that the U.S. justice system was now empowered to block all financial dealings or transactions between America and these organisations.
The lingering crisis of confidence between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership and seven of its estranged governors reached a climax, yesterday, with the aggrieved governors formally defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC. But it was not all rosy for the G-7 governors as two of the governors — Babangida Aliyu of NigerState and his Jigawa counterpart, Sule Lamido— disagreed with the other five on timing of the defection. While Lamido stayed away from the meeting, Aliyu only showed up at the venue, met briefly with his counterparts and hurried out of the Kano Governor’s Lodge, the venue of the meeting, before the communiqué announcing the merger of nPDP with APC, was read to the media.In attendance at the meeting with the APC leaders, were the governors of Niger, Rivers, Kwara, Adamawa and a representative of the Jigawa Governor.
Apparently miffed by the suggestion by Professor Ben Nwabueze, that he should be allowed to produce the working paper for proposed National Conference, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, once again reacted to the idea, accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of of acting Nwabueze’s script on the matter. ACF made similar accusation against Nwabueze last week saying that he should not be allowed to produce the working paper for the conference. The National Working Committee, NWC, of ACF, which rose from its National Executive meeting in Kaduna, yesterday, reacted to the alleged request by Nwabueze, in a communiqué signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Anthony Sani. The communiqué entitled “ACF’s reactions to Prof Nwabueze’s request to the President,” read: “President Jonathan had previously been against the convocation of a national conference of any nature. He had on many occasion dismissed the idea with a sleight of hand.
No fewer than 40 persons were yesterday killed by gunmen in four villages of Plateau State. But the Special Task Force, STF, in charge of security in the state confirmed that 37 persons died and five others were seriously injured during the multiple attacks in Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas. The injured are receiving treatment at various hospitals in the local governments. The villages affected are Tatu, Rawuru, Bok and Dorang. One of the survivors, Jok Cholonm of Rawuru village told our correspondent that the gunmen stormed the house of his relative at about 12:30a.m. and killed him and his seven children. He lamented that security operatives in the area did not come to their aid during the attack. The village head of Tatu, Pam Gyang Tsok, who spoke to journalists, said the attack took place about 1a.m. on Tuesday. He said: “At about 1a.m. yesterday, I started hearing gunshots, I then rushed out of my home to the direction of the gunshots and saw the corpses of our kinsmen murdered in cold blood by our attackers. “Our village was under siege for more than 30 minutes,” he said.
The leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Mr. Muhajid Asari- Dokubo was yesterday arrested by authorities in the Republic of Benin.
Tension In Govt House, Owerri Body Guards Hold Imo Governor Hostage Demand N5m, Personal Cars Each Over Unfulfilled Promises
A Mafia-like movie was almost witnessed at the weekend at the Government House, Owerri Imo State, when Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha the Governor of Imo State was held hostage by his black suites-wearing Body Guards, who blocked his movement while demanding for the sum of N5 million (Five Million Naira) and a car each as settlement for serving him since 2011.It would be recalled that Trumpeta had recently reported about the invasion of the State Exco Chamber by the aggrieved body guards who attempted to attack the Governor and Members of the Executive.Trumpeta learnt that the angry thugs who were engaged by the governor as private guards during the election campaign in 2011 and were retained to do some protective jobs for the Chief Executive of Imo State during public functions are said to be enraged for non payment of their “salaries” or any form of empowerment since 2011. They were particularly miffed at the Governor after observing his financial and logistics support to the APC candidate in the Anambra elections, whereas he ignored their persistent request for “settlement”.
A plot by top government agents to portray Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as working with the North to stall the re-election of President Good-luck Jonathan was uncovered in Kaduna yesterday. Under the scheme, which is being financed by a serving minister in the present administration, N11 million has reportedly been paid to two Kaduna-based printers to produce different sizes of posters bearing the images of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), and that of Amaechi as presidential candidate and running mate in the 2015 poll, respectively. The contract, allegedly awarded to two printing firms (names withheld) is for the production of no fewer than 10,000 copies of the posters with the logo of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and display them at strategic points in the northern part of the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday, in Abuja expressed concern on the nation’s state of affairs, saying only revolution would address the imbalances in the system. Chukwu, who made the suggestion during the inauguration of councils and boards of health professionals regulatory bodies, was reacting to fresh threats by some unions in the health sector to go on another strike. He noted that the sector was losing its respect due to incessant industrial unrests. He said, “If you see the kind of letters I receive from people who should be respected health professionals, you will weep for this country. The health sector is losing its respect. I repeat, the health sector has lost its respect; it is not only losing.
Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has expressed the need to open up the inland basins for the exploration of hydrocarbon, especially as experts in the oil and gas industry have predicted that by 2030 petroleum would account for two third of the world’s energy needs. To this end and to ensure a successful exploration of the oil and gas sector, a group known as the Association of Petroleum Inland Basin States of Northern Nigeria (APIBONN) has been formed by eight states of the region to assist in fast tracking the process. Aliyu, who stated this at the maiden meeting of a newly formed group, said it was against this backdrop that his administration has constituted a team of experts to undertake a research into the prospect of hydrocarbon in the Bida basin of the state.
Former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has said that any northerner conniving with others to thwart the efforts of the region in actualising the dream of having the presidency come 2015, should be placed on surveillance. According to him, punitive measures should be meted out to such people as deemed fit by the Forum of Northern Elders. The former police commissioner said this yesterday in a chat with National Mirror in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. He said the 400 northerners alleged to have been sponsored to thwart the ambition of the north to reclaim the presidency would soon suffer the wrath of the northern oligarchy, if the claims are found out to be true.