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Kidnappers target women in the north •For sex, food •Abduct 200 in Kaduna, Sokoto & Zamfara

SECURITY operatives in the North were said to have been inundated with reports that armed bandits across the northern states of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna have turned their searchlights on young girls, middle-aged women and housewives. Reports made available to different agencies working in the states indicated that no fewer than 200 women had been abducted in the three states, with Zamfara accounting for more victims. It was gathered that insurgents and bandits operating around the Birnin Gwari , Shamshalle and Walo forests in Birni Magaji and Maradun local government areas of Zamfara State, which spread to states of Kaduna and Sokoto, had been taking their victims to the forest as sex slaves, as well as using them as cooks. Sources close to the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the states confirmed that the government of Zamfara State attempted to clear the Birnin Gwari forest recently, when it got reports of activities of the bandits and some insurgents.

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Why Southwest National Dialogue meeting failed

Many Yoruba leaders boycotted the interactive session organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue in Akure, the Ondo State capital, because of their lack of faith in the process, it was learnt yesterday. Also, some stakeholders complained about lack of information on the meeting and the “short notice”, stressing that they needed more time to prepare their memoranda. Others said that their groups and associations were not invited by the committee headed by Dr. Femi Okunrounmu. The meeting, in the view of many, failed, as it was attended mainly by Ondo State stakeholders. Many political leaders from Ogun, Osun and Lagos states told our correspondent that they were still studying the process.

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North doesn’t care where president comes from – Senator Kanti Bello

In the Sixth National Assembly, Katsina State-born senator, Alhaji Kanti Bello, represented Katsina North. He was not only the Chief Whip of the Senate but also an outspoken member of the assembly. He would be remembered as the man, who spear-headed the campaign against confirming Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as acting president, in the absence of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, who was in hospital abroad. Now a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bello, in this interview, has accused the government of being responsible for insecurity in the country. He insists that Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is not only the answer to corruption in the country, but also the person, who could sanitise the nation. Senator Bello said that President Jonathan has failed Nigerians and would be kicked out of office in 2015. He speaks of system collapse, how some northern politicians sold out and betrayed him and the entire North in 2011, for their selfish interests, why he left the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for APC and the

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Atiku, Aliyu, Nyako plot North’s strategy for 2015

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State were last Friday locked in a night-long meeting to strategise on the political fortune of the North ahead of the 2015 elections. The meeting held at the Yola residence of Atiku, came a few hours after a Federal High Court in Abuja restrained the Kawu Baraje-led faction of the PDP from parading itself as the leadership of the party. The three politicians are key members of the Baraje’s faction, which is fiercely opposed to a fresh ticket for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. The meeting was said to have harped on the need to mobilise the North for the struggle ahead.

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Reconsider your stand, Abdusalami; Babangida tell ASUU/FG

Minna- Two former Military Head of State, General Abdulsami Abubakar and General Ibrahim Babangida has called on the Academic Staff Union Of Universities and the Federal government to reconsider their stand on the ongoing strike in order to avert total collapse of education in the country The duo spoke with journalists shortly after paying sallah visit to the state governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu at his residence in Minna on Friday. General Abubakar who spoke extensively on other nagging national issues including security, oil theft among others also called on all other unions already on strike or warming up to enter into dialogue with the relevant authorities to avoid the collapse of the nation’s economy.

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Hausa/Fulani clash: 3 beheaded in Zamfara State ag. gov escapes death

The acting governor of Zamfara State, who is also the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Sanusi Garba Rikiji, escaped death by the whiskers at the Tudun Kuya in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of the state on Friday, following a mob attack on his convoy by Hausa youths said to be protesting compensation paid to families of three Fulani youths killed by vigilance groups in the village. The acting governor was said to have moved to douse tension by taking some compensation to families of the three Fulani youths killed by the vigilance groups. He was said to have presented the sum of N500,000 and 20 bags of grains to each of the families of the three youths killed by vigilance men.

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Police to move against Israeli security in Rivers •May sanction LASTMA, O YES, YES O, other state security outfits

The Nigeria Police authorities may soon begin a clampdown on ad hoc security formations put in place by some state governments, citing the example of Rivers State where an Israeli organisation has been contracted to provide protection by the state government. The trend, which security sources described as alarming and dangerous, had degenerated to the extent that these private guards had assumed the functions and responsibilities of the police in some of these states. Investigations conducted by Sunday Tribune revealed that there were no less than 20 of such organisations in the country that had usurped the functions of the police. The police, it was said, were worried that many of these organisations did not get approval for their operations. The source revealed that the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, recently sent signals to all zonal Assistant

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I’ve never seen Nigeria as my country – Dokubo-Asari •Says Jonathan, Amaechi, Orubebe others beneficiaries of N’Delta struggle

The last is yet to be heard on the floating of a university in the Republic of Benin by the leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, as several Nigerians still take to the online medium to criticise the action. But never to be outdone by anybody, Dokubo-Asari has also responded to the criticisms, saying he had never seen Nigeria as his country. And perhaps as a reply to those who daily accuse him of having fed fat on the Niger Delta struggle, Dokubo-Asari gave a list of those he referred to as the “chief beneficiaries” of the struggle, which included President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Niger Delta Minister, Godsday Orubebe, and the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke. He made these statements in different posts on his Facebook wall, noting that the struggle for Ijaw identity which he and a few