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Security Operatives Ambush Boko Haram In Bauchi, Recover 11 AK47s, Rockets, 1000 Rounds Of Ammunition

SaharaReporters has been informed that Nigeria’s security operatives last night ambushed suspected Boko Haram members at a location in Bauchi State. The operatives recovered 11 AK 47 rifles, rockets, grenades and over 1000 rounds of ammunition. A military source who participated in the operations confirmed the development to SaharaReporters. According to the source, one suspected Boko Haram member was killed and four were captured alive. He added that several other suspected members fled into a forest, with a combined team of operatives still trailing them. The suspected sect members, who were traveling in several cars, were reportedly on their way to Azare town when the operatives ambushed them at Gidan Maiwa, in Ningi local government area of Bauchi along the Bauchi-Kano road.

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Governor Okorocha and His Free Education

More than two and half years now since Governor Rochas Okorocha became the Governor of Imo state, what has dominated many discussions within and outside the state is his free education policy to pupils and students of the state’s school system. In as much as we applaud the idea, it is also good to make public the true position of this “Greek gift” to the people.Yes, greek gift because the so-called free education of Governor Okorocha is not free after all. People had waited patiently to hear Governor Okorocha explain to the people this magic wand of free education gift because, rather than paying or taking responsibility of the financial expenses of these pupils and students, Imo state Government rakes in as much as well over two billion naira ( N2.b) monthly from this smart thought -out policy.For those who do not know, it is no news that every civil servant in Imo state contributes one percent of his/her basic monthly salary to the much taunted free education of Governor Okorocha.

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National confab ACF calls for mass participation

THE Northern socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on Northerners to participate fully in the forthcoming national dialogue in the interest of national stability. ACF however, expressed dismay that the decision of past conferences were not implemented and hoped that the outcome of the forthcoming conference would not suffer the same fate. This was contained in a communiqué signed by ACF’s national publicity secretary, Mr Anthony Sani issued on Wednesday, after the joint meeting of the ACF Board of Trustees (BOT) and the national executive council in Kaduna. According to the ACF, the meeting which was well attended by members of the two organs and chaired by Leuitenant General Jeremiah Useni (retd), deliberated on many issues of national importance as well as those which bordered on its internal management for performance and resolved that the following statement be issued. The communiqué read in parts: “The meeting considered the decision of the Federal Government to convoke a national conference/national dialogue against the backdrop that the decisions of past conferences are yet to be implemented by the appropriate authorities. ACF therefore expressed doubt that the outcome of the current exercise would not suffer the same fate.”

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2015: Igbo’s situation pathetic –Chukwumerije

Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Uche Chukwumerije (PDP), has decried what he termed the predicament of Igbo ahead the 2015 general elections. Speaking in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State at the maiden Abia North Youth Empowerment Initiative, Chukwumerije said the condition of Ndigbo was pitiable. The lawmaker, who spoke on “2015: Before Ndigbo lies an open grave,” said the people from the South-East were in a quagmire, having been reduced to second class citizens in a country they gave their all to build. He said that for 43 years, Igbo had struggled for self-realisation and to reestablish themselves in a country they contributed immensely for its independence, unification and development, adding that the people had lost their inheritance.

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Ex-militant leaders raise alarm over pipelines surveillance contracts

UGHELLI— LEADERS of Phase II of the Federal Government Amnesty programme, yesterday, raised alarm over their non-inclusion in the ongoing award of pipeline surveillance contract by the Ministry of Petroleum. Chairman of Delta State chapter of Phase II, ‘Gen’ Kingsley Muturu, in a telephone interview, noted that the pipeline surveillance job was part of the agreement reached between the Federal Government and the ex-militants before the amnesty was granted. He expressed concern that the Ministry of Petroleum had earlier excluded Phase II in the award of the pipeline surveillance contracts last year before it was terminated a few months ago. Also speaking on telephone, Chairman, Bayelsa State chapter ‘Gen’ Stephen Ebisinpin, said “right now, the Ministry of Petroleum and the Presidency are

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Subject national dialogue report to referendum, says Ohanaeze

Umbrella Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo has insisted on equal representation of the six geo-political zones in the composition of the national dialogue. Ohanaeze, which presented its memorandum to the National Dialogue Advisory Committee also recommended a chairman and six vice chairmen, one from each geo-political zone for the conference. It said all issues should be discussed at plenary and followed by discussions, questions and answers. President General of the organisation, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, who was accompanied by prominent Igbo leaders, said he was speaking for all Igbo speaking people, no matter their geographical origin.

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Abdusalami, Buhari, Tinubu at Sokoto varsity inauguration

Sokoto, the headquarters of the Caliphate yesterday hosted political big wigs in one of the largest political gatherings in recent times. But it was an educational event that attracted the who-is –who in politics. The Sokoto State University, conceived by Governor Aliyu Wamakko was inaugurated by former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. The colourful event was witnessed by Second Republic President Shehu Shagari. Others in attendance included House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, a son of the soil, former Head of State Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who is a leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and his counterpart former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Also present was

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Ohanaeze why Nigeria stagnates, by Igbo leaders

ENUGU—Igbo leaders yesterday gave reasons why Nigeria has continued to stagnate both politically and economically, saying that ”no one builds a super structure on a faulty”foundation. According to them, “As a nation with enormous natural and human resources, Nigeria has refused to grow in line with the aspirations of her founding fathers. Nigeria not working ”Nigeria is not working and cannot work because it now exists on a faulty foundation. The fundamental problem is structural. It is therefore time to review and fine-tune the bonds binding us as a nation, in preparation for the challenges of a new global order,” Ohanaeze stated.

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Death toll in Yobe’s Army, Boko Haram clash hits 128

THE number of those who died in weekend’s clash between the military and Islamic militants has been put at 128. Military and hospital reports said, yesterday, that the five-hour-long battle between Boko Haram extremists and troops in Yobe State killed at least 95 militants, 23 soldiers and eight police officers. Last Monday, 35 bodies in military uniform were reportedly brought to a morgue in Damaturu after a coordinated assault by Boko Haram targeting the security forces, a hospital source said. Police and residents said large numbers of Boko Haram fighters, some in vehicles and some on foot, stormed Damaturu after dark. Armed with guns and explosives, they attacked and torched four police buildings, sparking a fierce, hours-long gun battle with the security forces. Extremists reportedly set ablaze four police command posts and an army barracks where they looted vehicles and weapons. Police and witnesses said at least two civilians died — a man believed killed by the insurgents and a civil servant shot by soldiers for breaking the curfew.