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FG arraigns 4 Boko Haram suspects who plan Kirikiri attack

The Federal Government, yesterday, arraigned four suspected members of Boko Haram sect before a Federal High Court in Lagos on terrorism-related charges. The suspects, Adamu Mohammed, Mohammed Mustapha, Bura Hassaini and Mohammed Ibrahim, were said to have been arrested at Wasein area of Orile-Iganmu in Lagos by security forces, while planning to attack Kirikiri Prison. The suspects, who were brought to the premises of the court at 8:30a.m. by officials of the Department of State Services, DSS, were arraigned before Justice Saliu Seidu on a three-count charge. In count one, the suspects were said to have been arrested by a team of security agents for being members of proscribed terrorist organisation (Boko Haram), contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and punishable under Section 2 (3) (1) read in conjunction with Section 33 (1) (b) of the Act as

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Opposition govs accuse FG of manipulating Federation Account

ABUJA — Opposition governors, yesterday, accused the Federal Government of deliberately manipulating the Federation Account to give the impression that there were inadequate funds to share despite steady oil prices since the beginning of the year. The governors, who met in Abuja under the Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, also condemned the Federal Government for illegal deductions from states’ funds. Besides, the All Progressive Congress, APC, governors frowned at what they called ‘flagrant disregard by the Federal Government of the Constitution and the Appropriation Act with regards to collection and sharing of government revenue and implementation of budgets. The governors wondered why the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had been consistently unable to implement budget provisions, which it willingly formulated and passed into law by the National Assembly.

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Fuel scarcity imminent as fire razes Warri refinery

Pandemonium broke out in Warri, the commercial hub of Delta State yesterday as the ailing Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, was engulfed by fire. Huge ball of smoke billowed into the air as the refinery went up in flames. This development heightened fears about imminent scarcity of petroleum products, especially in the areas serviced by WRPC in the Southern and Northern parts of the country. The fire outbreak led to an abrupt closure of the refining plant. It was learnt that fire erupted at the nation’s pioneer crude oil refining plant at about 9:45a.m., a development which forced oil workers and dealers at the neighbouring Warri Loading Depot operated by the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to scamper for safety.

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Babangida advocates devolution of powers

Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, has canvassed devolution of powers among the three tiers of government. Babanmgida also advocated more revenue for local governments to enable them deliver robust services to the people of the grassroots. He pointed the need to diversify Nigeria’s economy to facilitate the nation’s robust development. Gen. Babangida, who made the call during a visit by the Chairman and members of Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission at his Uphill residence in Minna, the Niger State capital, said: “I call for the devolution of powers and the diversification of the economy so as to explore other areas and leave the mono-cultural economy of the country.” He said that if the responsibilities of the federal, state and local government were clearly streamlined, the burden would be light on all Nigerians. Babangida said:

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There’s hope for Nigeria, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday urged Nigerians to be hopeful, despite the nation’s “nagging socio-economic, security and political challenges”. Obasanjo spoke yesterday at the maiden convocation of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), where he was given a honorary award of Doctor of Science (honoris causa). Deputy Director of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural UNESCO Dr. Lalla Aicha, Minister of Interior Abba Moro and an industrialist, Mr. Tunde Yusuf, were awarded honourary Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Letters (D Litt). Obasanjo said ABUAD’s founder, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), showed that education is the best weapon for the sustenance of democracy and good governance.

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Boko Haram kills 10 in Borno villages

For the second time in two days, gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have invaded villages of Kawuri District and Fori of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State. They killed 10 people, including three members of the civilian JTF. Twenty four hours earlier, gunmen attacked border communities of Logomani villages between Dikwa – Gamboru Ngala and Cameroon Republic, killing over 20 civilians including motorists. Kawuri District is one of the biggest in Konduga council area, along the Maiduguri-Obama Highway which is about 60 kilometres from Maiduguri the state capital. A woman passenger Madam Hauwa Musa said: “Yes, I was among the passengers that boarded a taxi from Mubi to Maiduguri, and when we reached the villages

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Amaechi, Oshiomhole, Okorocha shun govs meeting

Three Governors – Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Rotimi Amechi of Rivers – did not attend the South-East/South-South governors meeting held on Sunday in Enugu. The meeting was attended by eight of the 11 governors in the two geo-political zones. Governors who attended the meeting include Theodore Orji of Abia; Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom; Liyel Imoke of Cross River; and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta. Governors Sullivan Chime of Enugu and Peter Obi of Anambra also attended the meeting. Though, governors Martin Elechi of Ebonyi and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa were physically absent, they were represented by their deputies: Dave Umahi and John Gboribiogha, respectively.

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MEND claims responsibility for oil spills, gas leakage in Ogoniland

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has said that it was responsible for the damage of Shell facilities, which caused further pollution of the environment in Ogoniland and other communities in the Niger Delta region. The pollution was said to have been due to crude oil spills and gas leakages, which MEND claimed, was caused by its attack codenamed, ‘Hurricane Exodus.’A statement issued yesterday and signed by MEND’s spokesman, Jomo Gbomo read in part : “This first plague of blood is a sacrifice for freedom we will all have to endure.”Since our last update, ‘Hurricane Exodus’ continues to gather strength as it sweeps through the swamps and creeks in the Niger Delta, leaving seriously damaged Trans Niger and Feeder pipelines, harassed security operatives and scurrying oil workers in its wake.”The group said its efforts at sabotaging the oil sector was being complemented by what it called, industrialised oil theft, allegedly aided and abetted by the security