Buhari, Tinubu invite Amaechi to join APC

A former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday renewed their calls on Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi to join the All Progressives Congress. Buhari and Tinubu, who led a team of top APC officials to Port Harcourt for a rally, described Amaechi as an asset to Rivers people and Nigeria. They spoke before the governor alleged that the desperation of the Peoples Democratic Party had made it to hire the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu, to lead its “military wing” in the state. Buhari had said the leadership of the APC was in the state to seek the understanding and support of the people through Amaechi.


Ex-Finance Minister, Okongwu slams FG over privatisation of power sector

Enugu— Former Minister of Finance and National Planning, Dr. Chu S.P. Okongwu has criticised the poor handling of the privatisation of the power sector, saying that what the Federal Government actually did was to hand over public assets to their friends in the name of privatisation. Okongwu who spoke in an interview with Vanguard in Enugu also called for the promotion of small scale industries as well as encouragement of farmers through deliberate and favourable government policies to grow the economy. He specifically asked government to reduce the high interest rate on loans for small scale industries to flourish in the country, as according to him, politics was about transforming society from bad to good or good to better. His words: ”They have completely damaged the economy. This was what Obasanjo and Abacha did or started. Look at the privatisation of PHCN. Malaysia


Anambra renames state varsity after Ojukwu

AWKA—THE Anambra State Government, yesterday, renamed the Anambra State-owned University, with campuses at Uli and Igbariam as Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University. Governor Peter Obi, who announced this at a ceremony to mark the posthumous 80th birthday of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chikwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu at the permanent site of the university at Igbariam, also issued a cheque for N5 billion for the infrastructural development of the university. The money, Obi said, was made available in collaboration with the Federal Government.He said that an arrangement has been completed for a cooperation between the university and a renowned foreign university to beef up academic programmes of the institution.


Fire guts 25-storey Great Nigeria House

LAGOS — NO fewer than three persons were, yesterday, injured in a fire that engulfed a 25-storey building on 45 and 47 Martins Street, Lagos Island Local Government Area, owned by the Great Nigeria Insurance Company Limited, popularly called Great Nigeria House. More than 200 traders occupying the building were displaced, as business activities around Oluwole Market and other adjourning streets were paralysed and property worth billions of naira destroyed in the inferno. Hundreds of bystanders and staff of corporate organisations in the building watched helplessly as fire service men battled to put out the fire. A senior officer of the Federal Fire Service identified as Mr. Obiah Onoh was, however, manhandled by the angry mob for the service’s alleged late response to distress calls.


3 killed, 15 rescued as 5-storey building collapses in Lagos

LAGOS—A five-storey shopping complex under construction at 9, Muri Okunola street, Eti-Osa Local Government, collapsed yesterday, killing three persons and injuring 15 others. At 8:30 pm, when Vanguard visited the scene, it was gathered that scores of persons were still trapped under the debris. At the scene, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Red Cross and men of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, attached to the Maroko station, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Lagos Command, were sighted at the scene still battling to rescue the trapped persons. Of the 15 rescued, five were said to be in critical condition and have been admitted at the Accident and Emergency Centre, Toll Gate, Ikeja while others were admitted at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, hospital, few metres from the scene.


OBJ, G7 govs in closed door meeting

GOVERNORS of Niger, Kano, Rivers, Jigawa and Adamawa states, Babangida Aliyu, Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Murtala Nyako and Sule Lamido respectively, on Monday, held a closed door meeting with former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The resolution of the meeting which lasted for about two hours was not made known as journalists were barred from gaining entry into the Hilltop residence of the former president. The governors of Kwara and Sokoto states, Abdul-Fatai Ahmed and Aliyu Wammako were not at the meeting. The governors who drove into the venue of the meeting came in an unmarked BMW jeep driven by Amaechi. Nigerian Tribune gathered from a reliable source that the aggrieved governors were in Abeokuta to update Obasanjo on the current state of disagreement between them and President Goodluck Jonathan.


Boko Haram kill 40, torch 300 homes in Maiduguri official

MAIDUGURI (AFP) – Islamist insurgents last week killed a total of 40 people and wounded a dozen others in two separate incidents in restive northeast Nigeria, a local official said Monday. Some 70 gunmen stormed the town of Bama in Borno state on a convoy of motorcycles and pick-up trucks late Thursday, said Baba Shehu from the area’s local government. “They shot … 27 persons and injured 12. About 300 houses were burnt,” Shehu told reporters in Borno’s capital Maiduguri, where Boko Haram was founded more than a decade ago. “Immediately people saw the gunmen, they (locals) started fleeing the town but the insurgents opened fire on them,” said Shehu, adding that the wounded were receiving treatment at a local hospital.

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Groups launch plans to break Nigeria •Moves to revive Biafra Republic intensified

THE increasing threats to the corporate existence of Nigeria amid reports that a treaty ceding Nigeria to Britain for 100 years would expire in 2014, was the main reason the government of president resolved to convene a National Conference, Sunday Tribune can report. Security reports filed before the president from within and outside Nigeria, all pointing towards turbulent sessions for the country in 2014, had also necessitated the idea of a National Conference, according to fresh findings. Besides, some foreign diplomats, most especially from Britain, were said to have long affirmed to Jonathan that the threats on possible breakup of Nigeria were real, a reason he had been strongly advised not to treat such issues with a kid’s glove. According to reports, the activities of some United Kingdom-based Nigerians have been pointing towards their preparations for actions likely to precipitate agitations for the breakup of the country. This was said to have been based on the strong links they have been keeping with separatist international groups said to be disposed to the dismemberment of Africa’s largest country, principally for economic gains.


Massacre in Borno:B’Haram attacks wedding convoy, kills groom, 29 others

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members have ambushed a convoy of vehicles conveying people returning from a wedding ceremony, killing scores of them, including the groom in Bulakuri village, Borno State. The fate of the bride and her family members was unknown as of Sunday when Adamawa State Government Spokesman, Ahmad Sajoh, confirmed the incident to the Associated Press. Although Sajoh said the wedding fatiha, the official Muslim ceremony, took place in Firgi village in Borno State, the Agence France Presse reported that it held in Michika, Adamawa State. The two news agencies however put the casualty figure at 30 but an Army spokesman, Captain Muhammed, said it was five.