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36 feared killed as Fulani herdsmen strike in Benue

No fewer than 36 persons were, yesterday, feared killed while seven villages were overrun by suspected Fulani herdsmen in an outbreak of fighting between the invaders and native farmers in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State. The massacre came barely two days after some assailants struck at Ikpele and Okpopolo communities in the state, killing seven farmers and displacing over 6,000 inhabitants. Sunday Vanguard gathered, at the time of this report, that heavy fighting was still going on between the warring parties who only recently engaged in bloodletting. A native of one of the affected communities, who escaped the assault, narrated that “they (Fulani herdsmen) took us unawares this

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Five B’Haram members, two soldiers die in Kano shootout

The military Joint Task Force on Saturday announced that it killed five suspected Boko Haram members during a shootout in Kano in the early hours of yesterday. Two soldiers were reportedly killed in the shootout. According to the Associated Press, fighting began after security forces stormed two houses at about 3 a.m. Spokesman for the JTF in Kano, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, was quoted as saying the residents of the houses were plotting to carry out suicide attacks in Kano and the capital, Abuja, during an upcoming holiday season.

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National conference will divide Nigeria -Makarfi

Alhaji Ja’afaru Makarfi is the Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the apex Islamic body in northern Nigeria, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). In this interview with Saturday Sun, the octogenarian spoke on a wide range of national issues including the proposed national conference, corruption, security challenges and the 2015 general elections.Makarfi, who is also a one-time commissioner for education in Kaduna State and a delegate to the 2005 National Political Reform Conference, stated categorically that Nigeria does not require a national conference to address its challenges, but abolish the present presidential system of government, which he described as too expensive for the nation’s quest for development. According to him, the national conference if allowed will leave Nigeria more disunited than it is, as delegates will bring forth their sectional agenda too numerous to be addressed. On the 2015 general election, the JNI Chairman said Nigerians don’t care about

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President Jonathan no room for military in governance anymore

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Bissau, Guinea- Bissau, warned that the global community was no longer inclined to tolerate a role in governance by the military in Africa and other parts of the world. Addressing a special session of the National Peoples’s Assembly yesterday during his visit to Guinea-Bissau, Jonathan called on the country’s armed forces to embrace total respect for democracy and constitutionalism in the interest of their nation. “It is no longer fashionable today to see the military parading themselves as the custodians of political power. Rather, it is fashionable for the military to embrace the protection, preservation and total respect for constitutional order and democracy in order to build a prosperous and an egalitarian society”, Jonathan said at the session which was also attended by

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2015: Jonathan’s return not in Nigeria’s interest – Fani-Kayode

From ISMAIL OMIPIDAN, KadunaFormer Aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has declared that returning President Goodluck Jonathan to power in 2015 would not be in the country’s interest. To this end, he has called on all Nigerians of like minds, irrespective of political leanings, to rise up and ensure that Jonathan does not return in 2015. He made these known in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, last Thursday, where he had gone to confer with his host, the Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, on the options for 2015. Although details of the closed door meeting were not made public, the Osun State-born politician told journalists, shortly before the

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Death penalty Edo replies Swiss govt, seeks assistance to fight crimes

The Edo State government has urged the government of Switzerland to assist it with the establishment of a forensic crime laboratory necessary to curb crimes in the state and the country in general, rather than critisise it for passing a law on death penalty. The state government made the appeal to the Swiss authorities in an exclusive reaction to a story Mirror Media Ltd published from Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, October 24, 2013, as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group’s 17th session review of Nigeria. In the report, Switzerland had faulted Governor Adams Oshiomhole for signing into law the amended anti-kidnapping bill which now prescribes death penalty for convicted kidnappers.

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Anambra 2013 MASSOB is not supporting any candidate yet – Uwazuruike

The leader of the the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike yesterday dismissed speculations making the round that the organization is urging Ndigbo to declare their support for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as a result of the involvement of the Late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in the party formation. Uwazuruike who spoke yesterday in a telephone chat, said MASSOB does not belong to any Nigerian political party, neither does it have any soft spot for any governorship candidate in the Nov. 16 Governorship election in the state, yet.

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President Jonathan laments Rivers crisis as Gowon sues for peace

PORT HARCOURT—PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has expressed worry over the political crisis in Rivers State. Urging those behind the development to sheathe their swords, the President, who spoke, yesterday, at a centenary symposium organised to mark the one hundredth anniversary of Port Harcourt, said he was deeply pained by the crisis, which he blamed on rivalry among politicians. The President, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas, charged leaders in the state to take steps to resolve the crisis. He said: “Even as we celebrate, I have observed with pains that the struggle for political space in recent times is creating unnecessary tension in this city, which had served all of us well. I believe that this is not what Port Harcourt deserves.