Another 98 Killed in Attacks on Borno
Suspected members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect invaded three villages, Ngoshe, Kaigamari and Anchaka in Gwoza, Konduga and Bama Local Government Areas in Borno State at the weekend, killing about 98 people and setting ablaze several houses and shops. They were also alleged to have destroyed telecommunications masts and other property worth millions of naira. Ngoshe is located east of hilly Gwoza town between the Camerounian border with Nigeria, while Kaigamari is a remote settlement in Konduga, a town which has suffered several attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.Gwoza is about 140 kilometres south, while Konduga is a 40-kilometre drive from Maiduguri, the state capital. It was gathered from a source that “the gunmen, armed with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), petrol bombs, AK 47 rifles and rocket propelled launchers (RPGs), invaded Ngoshe at about 10 pm on Saturday and opened fire on the already sleeping and unarmed residents, killing 30 of them and inflicting injuries on several others, before setting ablaze some residential houses”. Also in Kaigamari, no fewer than eight people were said to have been killed yesterday when another set of gunmen attacked the village and set ablaze some houses and shops. An eyewitness, who was lucky to escape the attack in Ngoshe, Mallam Usman Jidda, told journalists in Maiduguri that the gunmen who were sighted some few days back in between the mountainous areas of Ngoshe and Limankara villages, had a field day without being confronted by security operatives in the area.
Thisday, front pg, cont on pg8
Diezani, NNPC’s antics won’t stop jet probe –Tambuwal
The Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, has said that the House will not be distracted in its resolve to probe the alleged N10bn chartered jets scandal levelled against the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. It also noted that the investigation into the chartered jets was not a “personal quarrel” between Diezani and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Group Managing Director, Mr. Andew Yakubu, as the alleged reaction of the corporation portrayed. This came as The PUNCH’s investigations on Friday showed that the minister and the NNPC had moved against the Speaker and the House Committee on Public Accounts as part of the move to thwart the probe. But commenting on the move, Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Imam Imam, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday in Abuja, said the Speaker would not take issues with the minister on a matter that was under investigation by the parliament as empowered by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).Imam added, “This is not a personal issue between the Speaker and the minister. “Does the Speaker run or operate any private jet? Or is the Speaker under any investigation over jets? “A committee of the House is conducting an investigation and a minister is asked questions? Instead of the minister to answer the questions, she is talking about the Speaker.
The Punch, pg7
FG uncovers 60.5 tonnes of rotten fish in Lagos
• We earlier alerted NAFDAC, says firm
THE war against unwholesome products in the country Sunday received a boost as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) through its Department of Fisheries (FDF) uncovered 3028 cartons (about 60.5 metric tonnes) of spoiled fish in a cold room in Lagos. The products are made up of 2,771 cartons (55MT) of Russian Herring and 256 cartons of different species of fish. However, the company, Bharat Ventures, located on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, said the inspection was done with the company’s co-operation with FDF officials. He added that the product was already marked for separation and disposal even before the fisheries department came calling. At the company premises, where officials of the FDF were busy supervising the loading of the bad products, the acting Director of Fisheries, Foluke Areola, said the nation had been spared the health risk it faced if consumers ate the product. The cartons in which the products were packaged, according to Areola, were faulty right from Russia, the origin of the fish product, in that there was no protective polyethylene material as primary package to keep the product from moisture content fluctuations that negatively affects the quality. The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg4
Ibori: Judge, lawyer disagree over procedure
•Ex-Gov didn’t benefit from V-Mobile, defence insists
Suddenly, the London confiscation case against former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has turned into a face-off between his (Ibori’s) lead counsel, Ivan Krolic (QC), and the trial judge, Anthony Pitts. The Judge and the Crown Prosecution had wanted the case to start afresh so that new materials could be brought up against Ibori, even after both sides had cross-examined witnesses and almost closed their cases. At the last court session on Friday, the case appeared to be between the judge and the defence counsel, instead of between the prosecution, who said little, and the defence, as the court continued to discuss the bone of contention that was not concluded on Wednesday. As the exchange heated up in open court, over the procedure to be adopted, the defence counsel insisted that nothing in law justified the decision to start afresh a case that was due for judgement. On points of law, Krolic said the decision has “no precedent in law”. Then the judge asked Krolic: “Are you saying if in the course of a case and as the case unfolds, I noticed that I have made some decisions, are you saying I cannot revisit it?”
Daily Independent, pg2
National confab: Presidency summons Kutigi, as c’ittee chairmen emerge today
In a bid to prevent any tension that may arise over the sharing of committees to delegates at the on-going National Conference, President Goodluck Jonathan, weekend, summoned the Chairman and members of the confab secretariat to his office for a crucial meeting. The meeting, according to a Presidency top source, was basically to enable Jonathan brief them on the importance, which the administration attaches to the confab and the need to ensure that the overall wish of the majority of Nigerians at the confab prevails. It was learnt that the President told the chairman and his officials that he had no pre-conceived position on any issue being discussed at the confab and was ready to abide by whatever the outcome of the conference would be. The Presidency source said: “The main issue was to assure the chairman and his members that this administration was determined to ensure the success of the on-going conference and to make the point that the President does not have any pre-determined position on any of the issues being discussed by the delegates.
Nyanya bomb blast claims over 150
The densely populated areas of Mararaba, Jikwoyi, Karu, Kpegeyi, Kurudu, One Man Village, New Karu and New Nyanya were disturbed by a bomb blast, which exploded at Nyanya Abuja, and left no fewer than 150 people dead. The blast which was heard some minutes before 7 a.m. on Monday, occurred at the popular El Rufai Park. Among the scores of people who lost their lives were workers going to work, traders and commercial motorcycle riders. The park is terminus for the red and green luxury buses numbering up to 50 and scores of other passenger vehicles which belong to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Eyewitnesses said that most of the other vehicles around the premises were set ablaze as a result of the explosion.
BusinessDay, from the net
Non-oil exports to ECOWAS market rise to $375m
Nigeria’s quest for economic diversification has received a boost as its non-oil exports to 15 member-states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by the end of 2013 moved to $375.338 million, from $312.477 million and $276.53 million recorded in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
BusinessDay, front pg, cont on pg4
We’re committed to protecting economy – FG
The Federal Government has said it will continue to rebuild fiscal buffers to protect the economy from being adversely affected by the development in the global environment. The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said this while briefing journalists on the participation of Nigeria at the Spring Meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, United States.
The Punch, pg28
Nobody can Islamise Nigeria— Sultan
The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Sunday said there were no plans to turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation. Abubakar, who is also the President-General, Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI), made this known at the Golden Jubilee lecture of the JNI in Kaduna. “Nobody can Islamise Nigeria, if Allah wanted he would have made everybody Muslims, so also with Christianity. God would have made everybody Christian if He wanted.
Vanguard, from the net
Nigeria Pays $10m to Ghana for Failure to Meet Gas Supply Agreement
The federal government has paid $10 million to Ghana as compensation for Nigeria’s failure to meet the gas supply agreement it entered with the latter. Under the agreement signed in 1999, Nigeria was required to supply Ghana a total of 123 million Metric British Thermal Units (MMBtu) of gas per day.