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Boko Haram infiltration of JTF raises concern

Strong indications emerged on Friday that members of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic Sect might have infiltrated the ranks of the Borno Youth Vigilante popularly referred to as Civilian JTF. Members of the youth group are aiding the efforts of the military in the ongoing campaign against the insurgent, especially in Borno State. Investigations revealed that the military was worried about the development and had commenced discrete investigations into the activities of the youth group. It was gathered that the intelligence arm of the military had traced some of the incidents leading to the death of some of the members


Confab We won’t accept no-go areas – Afenifere, Ohanaeze, others

The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, and its Igbo counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have said they will reject any move to limit discussions at the national dialogue being planned by President Goodluck Jonathan. Afenifere, which spoke through its Secretary, Chief Seinde Arogbofa, in an interview with one of our correspondents in Akure on Thursday, said that the proposed national dialogue should not have no-go areas. Also, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, told Saturday PUNCH on the telephone on Thursday that the dialogue should be frank and blunt, adding that all national issues should be discussed. The Afenifere secretary explained why the group was insisting on a sovereign national conference.


Politicians, traditional rulers offer us bribe, says retiring S-Court Justice

As the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mariam Aloma Muhktar, intensifies effort to weed out corrupt elements from the judiciary, a retiring Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Stanley Shenko Alagoa, yesterday, admitted that some judges collect bribe from politicians and traditional rulers to pervert the course of justice. Speaking at a valedictory court session that was held in his honour at the apex court yesterday, Alagoa who is bowing out of active judicial service after clocking the 70 years mandatory retirement age, disclosed that politicians often resort to intimidation and harassment in their uncanny bid “to influence judges to depart from their sacred oath of office and the path of honour and rectitude.” According to him, “I will be failing in my duty especially at this time if I do not say a word or two about allegations of corruption in the judiciary. Time was when this canker worm was confined to the Magistracy and Customary or Native Courts. With time it is said to have spread and has now gained ground in the High and some say appellate Courts.


How Imo Governor Is Spending N300m for 51st Birthday, PDP Alleges

The Imo State arm of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised alarm on the amount of money the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha would allegedly spent for his 51st birthday celebration.In a statement made available to Trumpeta, the party noted that not less than N300m from the state coffers will be sunk into the project of celebrating the elaborate birthday bash held in Ibadan, Oyo state capital another parts of the country.According to the statement endorsed by the Publicity Secretary, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu “Okorocha, in a bizarre act of utmost impunity, shut down the government of the state on Sept 21, 2013, when he firmed top officials too far away Ibadan, Oyo State, to a ceremony marking his 51s+ birthday anniversary. The event, which was telecast live on national television, was held at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan. Incidentally, what was termed a private birthday party turned out to be a political rally, with chieftains of a particular political party in the South West having a field day with funds from the coffers of Imo State.


National confab’ll keep Nigerians busy Sen Obende

BENIN—THE Senator representing Edo North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Domingo Obende, has said that the decision of the Federal Government to hold a national conference on the way forward for the country was to keep Nigerians busy. Obende, who fielded questions from newsmen in Benin City, Edo State, yesterday, where he highlighted some of his achievements in the Senate so far, which he listed to include sponsorship and co-sponsorship of at least 14 bills in the fourth Senate, creation and procurement of employment and various projects across the six local government areas that make up the district, denied allegation that lawmakers were earning jumbo salaries.


National Confab: ACF tackles Ohanaeze on equal representation

LAGOS—The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has rejected the suggestion by the umbrella association of all Igbo unions, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, that representations in the proposed national conference should be on equality of tribes or ethnic groups. National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr Anthony Sani, made this known in a terse statement yesterday.The statement read: “Someone needs to inform Ohanaeze that its recommendations that representations in the national dialogue should be on equality does a lot of violence to definition of injustice by Aristotle who said injustice is not only when equals are treated unequally but is also injustice when unequals are treated equally.


Plans by ex-Biafran soldiers to stage protest uncalled for Pensions board

AUTHORITIES of the Military Pensions Board in Abuja have described plans by some ex-Biafran soldiers to storm Abuja and protest the non-payment of the benefits as uncalled for, noting that if they are genuine ex-soldiers, they should seek the necessary clearance and come for payment. Chairman of the board, Commodore D.S Audu, who spoke with Nigerian Tribune on the issue, said so far, over 330 ex-Biafran soldiers and Air Force personnel had been cleared to enjoy the presidential pardon. According to him, out of the number, the board initiated the publication of the beneficiaries in the national dailies, with instructions on how to go about collecting their benefits, to which they had responded without any hiccup.


Double tragedy Aircraft conveying Agagu’s corpse crashes in Lagos • Olu Falae’s son, MIC boss, 11 others killed • Casket survives crash intact, black boxes too

Another tragedy struck in Lagos on Thursday morning when a chartered aircraft carrying the remains of a former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, 20 passengers and crew crashed less than a minute after take-off from the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja. The Embraer 120 aircraft with registration number SCD 361 belonging to Associated Aviation Limited, was heading for Akure in Ondo State where dignitaries, family members, friends and associates of the former governor, had gathered for his final burial ceremonies. Agagu died on September 13 in Lagos.


National conference: We’re not afraid of Nigeria’s break-up – Northern elders National Assembly backs Jonathan

The Northern Elders Forum has said the North is not afraid of the break-up of Nigeria if its citizens vote for it at the end of any conference. The spokesman for the forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, in Abuja, on Wednesday. He was commenting on the national dialogue advisory committee set up on Tuesday by President Goodluck Jonathan. Abdullahi,who said he saw nothing wrong with Nigerians sitting down to discuss their problems, explained that contrary to the views held in certain quarters, northerners were not opposed to any form of dialogue in whatever form or shape.