Naija News Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National News

71 feared killed, 124 injured in Abuja terrorist bombing
• Govt calls for blood donations • Sets up help desk for victims’ families in hospitals
• Mark condemns incident, shelves Ibadan trip
THERE may be no end in sight to the orgy of violence across the country as about 71 persons were feared killed while 124 others sustained injuries in an early morning bomb blast which rocked the busy Nyanya Mass Transit Park, Abuja. Meanwhile, government has directed major hospitals where victims are being kept to set up help desk to enable interaction with families and friends of relatives, provide counselling services and help them identify their relatives. In the same vein, Senate President David Mark has condemned the blast that left scores of citizens dead, just as he told the perpetrators to rethink “because this is a needless war.” The Nyanya Park is a transit point for residents of Mararaba, Nasarawa State and satellite communities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The park is used by vehicles belonging to Abuja Mass Transit Company and inter-city transporters. The police said the explosion affected 16 high capacity buses as well as smaller commercial vehicles, some of which had loaded and were ready to leave. Confirming the figure yesterday, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, said the police and other security agencies are on red alert in and around the city to enable comprehensive investigation.

The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg2

Abuja bomb blast: PDP accuses APC of culpability
• 257 injured at Nyanaya Motor Park. 14 luxury buses, 25 others burnt
• I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk again-wounded victim
• Relatives besiege hospitals for missing family members
• B’Haram issue temporary-Jonathan. PDP blames APC
The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday accused the opposition All Progressives Party of culpability in the bomb blast which killed over 70 people in Nyanya, Abuja, on Monday. While condemning the act which it described as barbaric, monstrous and extremely wicked, the PDP said the attacks were politically motivated. National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said this in a statement, in Abuja. The statement partly read, “The PDP weeps. We are indeed grief-stricken. Our hearts go out to the bereaved, especially those who have been orphaned and widowed and those now deprived of their bread winners by this evil act. We share in their pain, their anguish and their loss and pray that those behind their grief must not escape justice.” Metuh said the attacks could not be justified under any guise adding that it was the handiwork of an opposition desperate to undermine and discredit the present administration and make the nation ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Punch, pg7,12 and 13

Insecurity: Nigeria needs competent leaders, says Soyinka
OSOGBO— Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday in Osogbo, declared that the country was in need of competent leaders to confront, among others, the security challenges facing the country. He said the security challenges facing the country could not be solved by prayers, but by leaders with capacity to deal with the situation without partisanship. Soyinka suggested that learning from the history of nations that had faced similar situations could help Nigeria survive her present security challenges. Soyinka, who was a keynote speaker at a colloquium with the theme Fundamental Imperatives of Cohabitation, Faith and Secularism, organised by Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, CBCIU, Osogbo, called for a frank talk among stakeholders in the affairs of the country to end the spate of bombings. According to Soyinka, who said he received with shock the news of Nyanya Motor Park bombing, authorities concerned must arrest the situation. Debunking a newspaper report, which quoted him as saying the nation’s security challenges could be resolved through prayers, Soyinka posited that Boko Haram insurgency should not be mistaken for a religious war, insisting that prayers alone could not end the crises.

Vanguard, pg 14

Atiku asks Jonathan to seek foreign assistance
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed anger and sadness at the bombings of the in the suburbs of Abuja that left scores dead and many injured. In a statement by his media office in Abuja, he said this needless bloodletting cannot continue unabated, adding that it requires new strategies to nip it in the bud. While describing those behind the bombings as evil and callous with scant regard for the sanctity of human life, Atiku said the latest bombings by insurgents should be a wake-up call to all Nigerians on the imperative of ending the blame game and working together to end this scourge. “As a country, we are not doing enough of focusing on and implementing solutions. We are all guilty of expending endless energy on handwringing and the trading of blame, none of which is able to save lives or change the status quo,” the former Vice President said.

The Nation, pg9

Kidnappers demand N20m on abducted Customary Court President
Kidnappers of the President of a Customary Court in Delta State, Loretta Omeze, has demanded the ransom of N20 million to release her. Patience Anigara, wife of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Eric Anigara, was kidnapped last Friday at Owa-Abi before Omeze was abducted. Omeze, who is the President of Ibusa Customary Court in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state, was abducted at the weekend along Agbor-Asaba expressway by Umunede in Ika North-East LGA. An eyewitness said the victim had stopped to buy pear fruit at Umunede when a Toyota Camry with about four armed men intercepted and whisked her away. DSP Celestina Kalu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta Command, while confirming the kidnap, said vehicle of the victim with registration number DTSJ 93 A was recovered, adding that the police were now on the trail of the hoodlums.

Daily Independent, pg9

How plot to block $530m Aba power plant was hatched
• Intrigues, personalities involved
The power brokers behind the delay in the take-off of the $530 million Aba power plant have demonstrated what industry sources describe as greed and short-shortsightedness capable of jeopardising ongoing reforms in the power sector. They include Emeka Offor, major promoter of Interstate Electrics Limited, new owners of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (Enugu Disco); Namadi Sambo, Nigeria’s vice president; Sam Amadi, executive chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), and Benjamin Dikki, director-general, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Informed sources say these individuals, through deliberate or inadvertent ‘administrative errors’, complicated the issue of the Aba ring-fenced areas.

BusinessDay, front pg, cont on pg4

Business News

Zenith Bank’s $500m Eurobond over-subscribed
Zenith Bank Plc has recorded 200 per cent over-subscription of its $500m Eurobond issue. The $500m Eurobond is under a $1bn Global Medium Term Note programme announced by the bank on April 1, 2014. The bank’s weeklong investors’ roadshow, coordinated by Goldman Sachs and Citibank, received an overwhelming endorsement by a diversified group of global investors from Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Zenith said in a statement.

The Punch, pg32

KEROSENE SCARCITY: NLNG to flood markets with cooking gas
ABUJA: The management of Nigerian LNG Limited, NLNG, has expressed commitment to support Federal Government’s efforts to get more Nigerians to switch to cooking gas by making the product available for consumption. The Managing Director, NLNG, Mr. Babs Omotowa, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the company is more determined to ameliorate the difficulties Nigerians were facing in accessing liquefied petroleum gas, LPG also known as cooking gas.

Vanguard, pg26

World/Regional News

US, UK condemn ‘senseless’ Nigeria bombing
The United States of America, USA and Britain, yesterday, condemned the bomb attack on a packed bus station in Abuja and called for a full investigation. British Foreign Secretary, Mr William Hague, who condemned the bomb attack, in a statement in Abuja, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb explosion in the east of Abuja. I unreservedly condemn those responsible and hope they are swiftly brought to justice. I offer the British government’s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury.”

Vanguard, pg52

Editors to Confab delegates: prioritise security
• Govt urged to partner the West for improved security
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has urged delegates at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja to give security of life and property of Nigerians utmost attention in their deliberations.NGE President Femi Adesina spoke yesterday in Lagos when he reacted to the Nyanya, Abuja bomb blast where over 70 persons were killed.
Adesina, who said Nigeria is on the edge of the precipice, urged the delegates and other well-meaning Nigerians to salvage the nation from disintegration.

The Nation, pg6

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