Naija News Monday, April 28, 2014

National News

59 feared killed in fresh Nasarawa violence
• APC cautions against extension of emergency rule • NEF, Muslim group, others differ over Nyako’s allegation
THERE seems to be no end yet to the orgy of violence sweeping across the North Central part of Nigeria as about 59 gruesomely murdered people have been discovered in wells and shallow graves in various places in Igga, Nasarawa Eggon council of Nasarawa State following a lingering violence in the area between the Eggon and Gwandara ethnic groups. In a related development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the consequences of any plan to extend emergency rule in three north east states where there is insurgency may not be in the interest of people that are meant to be protected or that of the country. In the same vein, the chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi has urged the Federal Government to investigate the issue of alleged genocide against the North raised by the Adamawa State Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako, rather than condemning the claim. Meanwhile, Muslim students in the 19 Northern states and Abuja, under the umbrella of Muslim Student Society (MSSN) have backed Nyako for confronting the Federal Government over the security challenges in the north. ut a group, Save Adamawa State Movement (SASM), has called for Nyako’s resignation over his indictment by the expanded national security meeting that took place last week, saying it brought shame to the State.

The Guardia, front pg cont on pg4,

Ribadu probed me, my late wife ¬– Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, investigated him and his late wife, Stella, even when he was in charge as the nation’s leader. Obasanjo, whose administration created the anti-graft agency, also alleged that the manner Ribadu carried out the war against corruption created enemies for him (Obasanjo). He made the claims after the former EFCC boss presented a paper titled, “Illicit Financial Flow and Governance of Natural Resources,” at the 3rd Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa in Badir Dar, Ethiopia at the weekend. The former President said that rather than being afraid of the enemies Ribadu created for him, “it is rather them that fear me.”Obasanjo, who acknowledged that the fight against corruption “comes with enemies,” did not tell the audience about the outcome of the investigations against him, Stella, and his close associates. He also did not name the enemies that Ribadu created for him. But the former President disclosed that Ribadu almost lost his life when he was poisoned in the course of his duty. He described the incident as a serious case that was “a matter of life and death.” He told the gathering how a serving minister in his administration, who was his senior in secondary school, was found wanting by the EFCC and “there was no issue of senior again.”

The Punch, pg9

37 former PDP Reps to present impeachment motion against Jonathan
ABUJA — THE battle for political supremacy in the House of Representatives is set to be rekindled with the plan by 37 former members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to present an impeachment motion against President Goodluck Jonathan. The legislators, who are allegedly acting in concert with their governors who defected with them to All Progressives Congress, APC, are also following up their plans with a high profile sensitisation campaign against alleged misdeeds of the administration. The plan to present the impeachment motion Vanguard learnt is, however, being seriously opposed by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and some PDP loyalists in the House who have warned the 37 members that the plan could worsen their precarious position. The impeachment notice, which has been articulated into 30 points according to sources in the camp of the legislators, is a narrative of alleged misdeeds of the administration including financial misappropriation, unaccountability, extra-budgetary spending, among others.

Vanguard, pg7

Reps may issue arrest warrant on Allison-Madueke over N10b jet scandal
•Committee begins sitting today
A warrant of arrest may be issued against Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison-Madueke, if she fails to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts today to answer to questions on N10 billion she allegedly used to charter private jets, a dependable source told Daily Independent on Sunday. The House Committee will today begin sittings to probe the circumstances surrounding the N10 billion allegedly used by the minister to pay for chartered private jets for her use. The minister was alleged to have used the chattered jets both for local and international flights. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was said to have been mandated by the minister to pay for the chartered flights, an action that contravenes Fiscal Responsibility Act, sources said. However, since the scandal broke out, the minister and the management of NNPC had refused to accede to the request by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Account for submission of relevant documents on the transactions between the NNPC and the operators of the chartered flights. But despite the refusal of the minister and the NNPC to respond to the demand, the Solomon Adeola-Olamilekan-led committee has expressed its readiness to proceed with the probe even if the minister and NNPC management opted to stay away.

Daily Independent, front pg, cont on pg2

Women to march on Abuja over 234 abducted girls
•Governor’s wife, others seek action
•Military gets clues
Women are set to mount a massive protest for the release of the 234 girls abducted by Book Haram insurgents on April 15. An all-red attired women will march on Abuja on Wednesday to press for the release of the girls kidnapped from their hostel at the Government Secondary School, Chibok. Prof. Hauwa Abdu Biu hinted yesterday of the planned protest in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, during an emergency meeting convened by the wife of the governor, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima. The meeting was on the way forward for the release of the school girls. Prof. Biu, speaking last week on behalf of the Coalition of Borno Women, said women were ready to storm the Sambisa forest where the girls are believed to be held, to secure their freedom. Yesterday, she told the meeting that the march, which will be tagged “Free our girls”, will involve women all over the country. She urged the wife of the governor to mobilise women to Abuja for the rally. “The last time we were in black, but this time around, the colour for the Abuja rally is red. So we should all be prepared and mobilised for the rally,” she added.
The Nation, front pg, cont on pg2

Concerns over MasterCard’s role in national ID card scheme
Concerns over MasterCard International’s involvement in Nigeria’s national identity management scheme, at the expense of competent indigenous payment systems, have been further amplified by recent United States (US) sanctions against Russia, regarding the latter country’s position in the Ukrainian turmoil, industry insiders say.
As part of the sanctions, MasterCard, a global payment system, was mandated by the US government to stop serving clients of certain Russian banks related to the Russian government, whilst Visa halted operations with three more lenders. Now, MasterCard International is expected to roll out 13 million smartcards with electronic payments (e-payments) capability for Nigerian citizens and legal residents before the end of the year, under the National Identity Management System (NIMS) managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

BusinessDay, front pg, cont on pg6

Business News

NERC okays interim rules for power sector
THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has approved and signed into law the rules in the interim between completion of privatisation and the start of the Transitional Electricity Market (TEM). The order, which was signed by the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi, provides for regulation which shall apply to energy produced and delivered as well as associated services during the period.

The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg4

FG seeks states’ support to tackle unemployment
The Federal Government on Sunday called for the support of state governments to address the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country. The Supervising Minister of National Planning, Ambasador Bashir Yuguda, made the call in Bauchi during a meeting of the National Council on Development Planning.
The Punch, pg28

World/Regional News

8-yr-old girl found unconscious in Mobile policeman’s apartment
AGOS — Aggrieved youths, weekend, attempted to set a Mobile Policeman’s apartment on Olufowobi Street in Ikosi area of Ketu, Lagos ablaze following the discovery of an eight-year-old missing girl in his room. The girl identified as Amarachi, who was unconscious, had her hands, legs and mouth tied. She also had a deep cut on her skull when she was rescued.

Vanguard, pg6

Obama offers more help in missing plane hunt
United States President, Barack Obama, has promised more help in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, while in the country on a visit, Sky News reports. Obama said on Sunday that the US was fully committed to providing more assets to assist in the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. “I can tell you the United States is absolutely committed to providing whatever resources and assets that we can,” Obama told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The Punch, pg88

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