Naija News Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National News

Gunmen abduct 100 school girls in Borno
16 feared dead in Taraba, Benue violence
BORNO State is in the news again for the bad reason as suspected Boko Haram gunmen in unmarked Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles on Monday night attacked Chibok town, killing a soldier and abducting about 100 students of Government Girls Secondary School. The bandits also torched the school and several other houses and shops in the town. In a related development, suspected herdsmen on Monday killed 16 persons in Nwokyo village of Wukari Local Council of Taraba State and Agatu Local Council of Benue State respectively. Chibok is a council headquarters, west of Sambisa Forests; and 141 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital. According to an eyewitness, Malam Apagu Yohanna, the gunmen stormed the town chanting God is great in Arabic, before firing gunshots at sighted residents and set ablaze several houses and shops with petrol-bombs. They later carted away several bags of grains and other food items into waiting trucks and buses. Other property destroyed in the attacks, he added, include the torching of Girls Secondary School, Chibok. “Some of the residents fled into nearby bushes and farmlands, as the burning of Girls Secondary School, houses and shops lasted for six hours before the attackers fled into the Sambisa Forests in the early hours of yesterday,” Yohanna added.

The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg2

10-month-old baby reunites with ‘missing’ mother in hospital
A 10-month-old baby simply identified as Goodness, who was rescued from the scene of the Monday bomb blast in Nyanya near Abuja, has been reunited with her mother in hospital. Goodness was separated from her mother, Gloria Adams, who was presumed dead in the explosion. Before she was taken from the Asokoro Hospital to the Wuse General Hospital where her mother is receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, Goodness spent Tuesday morning sleeping. Medical workers and her aunt, Maria Dominic, looked after the little baby who had only a slight swelling close to one of her eyes. Her mother suffered severe injuries and is one of the two left in the Wuse General Hospital’s ICU after one other victim died. Gloria, according to a hospital source said she was carrying Goodness on her back when the blast occurred. The hospital source quoted her as saying, “I cannot remember how I got here. I only saw myself on the ground, turning and turning. Then someone came and removed my baby from my back.” The source said Gloria was very happy to see her baby alive.

The Punch, pg2

Ibori’s London case: I’m confused — British Judge
LONDON—As the former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori’s London confiscation case resumes today, the court will attempt to break the logjam that bogged it down all through last week; to try Ibori afresh or not.What really bogged down the proceedings was that Judge Anthony Pitts repeatedly said in the course of the submission of James Ibori’s defence team at Southwark Crown Court, London that he was confused. He said that he was becoming even much more confused ‘now’ as the case being argued by Ibori’s lead counsel, Mr Ivan Krolic continued to unfold. Judge Pitts expressing his frustration, addressed Ibori’s lead counsel: “There was confusion though not in your mind, but there is a deep confusion in my own mind”. Responding to the Judge’s confession, Mr Krolic said “if the court is confused, has the court listened to the arguments at all? “We have proved our position to the court from the outset. Mr Ibori has made his case clear. We also have made our case clear as the counsel. If you had allowed me to finish my submission, you would not have been confused”.

Vanguard, pg5

Jonathan blasts Kwankwaso at Kano rally
•He didn’t vote for me, says President
President Goodluck Jonathan took a swipe at Kano State Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso yesterday, when he declared that Kwankwaso didn’t vote for him in 2011. Jonathan’s stance followed a statement by Kwankwaso that Kano people will not welcome the President. The governor said: “I regret voting for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. He has done nothing to move the nation forward. Only a few people are enjoying at the expense of other citizens.”At the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unity rally to receive former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau to the party, Jonathan said: “PDP must recapture Kano.” Jonathan also challenged Kwankwaso to account for the over N225 billion local government funds he received from the Federal Allocation within two years. “We read in some of the newspapers that Governor Kwankwaso said he regretted voting for me. Let me tell my good people of Kano that Kwankwaso did not vote for me or Vice President Namadi Sambo, whether in the primaries or in the main election.

The Nation, pg58

Bomb scare shuts down NASS
Staff of the National Assembly abruptly cut short their working hours on Tuesday and left for their homes in the wake of rumours of possible attack by Boko Haram insurgents. Some of the staff said they heard the rumour that a security report had confirmed that the Assembly complex was marked for attack by terrorists as a follow up to Monday bomb blast at Nyanya bus station, an Abuja suburb, from where 75 people have now been confirmed killed. Regardless, however, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has pledged to visit the National Blood Transfusion Centre to donate blood for victims of the Monday’s attack in Nyanya. Tambuwal visited some of the victims at the National Hospital, Abuja, and decried the bomb attack. The Assembly workers began trooping out of their offices as early as 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday As early as 9.30 a.m., some of them who reported for duty were seen discussing the Monday blast and expressing fears that similar fate may befall the National Assembly because of the porosity of security at the complex.

Daily Independent, pg2

How Nigeria’s energy crises crippled Aba’s potential
The city of Aba in the South East of Nigeria is an enigma of sorts. Here is a city which has never been a regional or state capital, yet it stands tall among other urban industrial cities in Nigeria. It is a sprawling industrial town renowned for enterprise and entrepreneurship. Aba, often referred to as the Japan of Africa, was built up – through the sheer enterprise of the people – into what used to be one of the most-renowned industrial centres that capture the commercial enterprise, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit which define the geographical entity called Igboland in Nigeria. The city is known for its skilful artisans, including tailors, footwear makers and other entrepreneurial endeavours, and the quality of their products used to be in serious competition with imported goods from Italy or France, especially in the areas of shoes and clothes. BusinessDay, from the net

Business News

Toyota Nigeria recalls Hilux, Rav4, Yaris
Toyota Nigeria Limited on Tuesday announced the recall of the 2004-2005 Hilux and the 2005-2006 Rav4 vehicles from the market in order to replace a malfunctioning spiral cable. It also said the 2006-2008 Toyota Yaris would be recalled to fix its seat track that was found to be unstable in some of the units.

The Punch, pg25

FG seeks more gas production companies to boost power
In its quest to boost power supply in the country, the Federal Government is set to create better enabling environment in the oil and gas sector to attract more investors in gas production. The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, stated this at the ‘Facts behind the listing of Seplat Plc ‘on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE. Seplat is an indigenous upstream petroleum company and the first Nigerian company with dual listing on the London Stock Exchange, LSE, and NSE.

Vanguard, pg21

World/Regional News

Missing Plane: Mini-sub aborts search mission
The submarine being used to search for the wreckage of missing Malaysia flight MH370 has had to abort its first mission after reaching its top diving depth, Skynews reports. The multi-million dollar underwater drone, called Bluefin-21, was only designed to work at depths of around 3,500 metres and has a maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres, about the same level as the ocean floor.

The Punch, pg67

19-yr-old Pakistani nabbed with N228m heroin at MMIA
LAGOS — A 19 year old Pakistani, Iftikihar Muhammed Arslan, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for attempting to smuggle 25 parcels of heroin into the country. The suspect, who claimed to be a student of Punjab College in Pakistan, was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, by the operatives when the illicit drug was discovered in his luggage during inward screening of passengers on board a Qatar airline flight.

Vanguard, pg6

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