The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that it will not accept the results of today’s governorship election in Anambra State unless there is voting in all local governments areas, especially in the party’s strongholds of Idemili North and South, as well as Awka South. In a statement issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its “apparently-contrived logistics nightmare” that has left thousands of voters unable to exercise their franchise, and demanded the immediate removal of the “incompetent and conniving” Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukogu. APC said it was totally astonished to learn that INEC has confirmed that materials meant for Idemili North Local Government, which has 180,000 voters, have been hijacked, without saying who hijacked the ballot papers and why, and without explaining why the materials meant for strongholds of the All Peoples Grand Alliance and the Peoples Democratic Party were not hijacked.
TWENTY Boko Haram terrorists and a soldier died during a gun battle between the two parties in Gwoza, Borno State, on Friday night, the military has said. The latest development was made known in a statement by the spokesperson for the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Maiduguri, Muhamad Dole. According to Dole, the soldiers launched an offensive against some Boko Haram insurgents on Gwoza-Bita Damboa road and succeeded in killing 20 members of the insurgents.
The prediction of a landslide victory by the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in today’s governorship
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arrested two sons of Jigawa Governor, Alh. Sule Lamido in Kano for alleged N10 billion money laundering. The two-Aminu Lamido and Mustapha Lamido-were flown to Abuja in the early hours of Friday by the operatives of the commission. Following his arrest on December 11, 2012, on his way to Egypt, a Federal High Court, Kano, on July 12 this year convicted Aminu for failure to declare the $50,000 in his possession. He only declared $10,000 to the Nigerian Customs Service. Lamido is one of the seven governors of the Peoples Democratic Party who are at logger heads with President Goodluck Jonathan over his suspected ambition to contest the 2015 presidential election.
Boko Haram fighters train with al-Qaeda’s North African branch in northern Mali, France’s Foreign Minister said yesterday. Citing documents recovered in the remote Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali, following the French intervention earlier this year, Laurent Fabius said Boko Haram’s presence there demonstrated the interconnection of jihadist groups in Africa. “This is a source of concern for all of us,” he said at the opening of a conference in Morocco on regional responses to security challenges. Formed in 2009, Boko Haram seeks to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria and is blamed for thousands of deaths, including the
Nine suspected Boko Haram terrorists were Firday killed by the troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Rimanti Alagarno villages
Boko Haram is holding a French priest who was kidnapped in northern Cameroon, a source in the banned Nigerian Islamist group said on Friday, rejecting claims of a rift among the insurgents. “I can confirm that the French priest is in the hands of mujahideen (fighters) from Jamaat Ahl al-Sunna Li Da’wat al-Jihad, who carried out the operation that was co-ordinated with Ansaru,” he told AFP. Boko Haram prefers to go by the Arabic name, which translates as “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad” (holy war).
Kingpin of the Boko Haram sect, Mustapher Umar, who had on April 26, 2012, bombed office of the Thisday Newspaper in Kaduna State with 12 camp gas cylinders, was yesterday, handed a life sentence by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Trial Justice Ademola Adeniyi in his judgment said he was convinced that the accused person deserved to be “removed from the public so that he will not kill more innocent persons.” “He has not shown any remorse whatsoever, even all through the proceeding,” Justice Adeniyi noted, saying the convict should be subjected to hard labour while in prison. Other media outlets affected by that attack on the premises of SOJ Plaza in Kaduna State which resulted to the instant death of
Yenagoa — As the 2015 general elections approach, the United States of America, yesterday, said it has rekindled its interest in the oil- rich Niger Delta region. Describing the region as the economic nerve centre of the country, the US Consular General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, during his official visit to Bayelsa State, said that his country would focus more on the region. The Consular General, who is visiting the state for the second time, solicited the assistance of the Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, to achieve this objective. He said: “As we move closer to the big show in 2015, which is the general elections, we definitely want to be in touch with you. The United States is going to
LEGAL luminary and Chairman of The Patriots, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN), has thrown his weight behind President Gooduck Jonathan’s proposed national conference, saying that it could not be like the National Political Reforms Conference, NPRC, organised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005. The elder statesman, who enumerated measures that can make the proposed conference yield desired results, picked holes in calls for a Sovereign National Conference, which he described as a contradiction as a sovereign government is sitting. In a 10-page article titled: Nature and Character of the Proposed National Conference: Its Primal Purpose and Modus Operandi, Nwabueze said that Jonathan’s proposed conference was different from Obasanjo’s abortive NPRC. Disclosing that his committee of 15 lawyers and political scientists that is preparing a draft constitution will begin sitting next Tuesday in Lagos, he said: “In February 2005, President Obasanjo suddenly convened what he called the National Political Reform Conference comprising a motley of persons handpicked by