Naija News Tuesday, July 15, 2014

National News

Chibok Parents Meet Jonathan, Malala Donates $200,000 to Girls’ Education
President says he wants to bring them back alive TY Danjuma heads c’ttee on Victims Support Fund
More than three months after over 200 female students were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, President Goodluck Jonathan will finally meet with some of the parents of the abducted girls. Making this known in statement, the president’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Jonathan made the promise when he met yesterday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner who was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The president had been criticised for not visiting Chibok and the parents of the girls since their abduction on April 14. Also, a planned visit by the president in May was botched at the last minute after it was leaked by presidency sources, drawing more criticism from the local and international community. Speaking to Malala, who announced a $200,000 donation from the Malala Fund for scholarships for the kidnapped girls and their education, the statement said Jonathan reiterated that the notion that the federal government was not doing enough to find and rescue the abducted Chibok girls, “was very wrong and misplaced”. “Jonathan said that the federal government was definitely doing everything possible to ensure that the girls were rescued alive and safely returned to their parents.“He however explained to Malala, who was accompanied by her father and other members of her foundation, that the federal government’s efforts were constrained by the overriding imperative of ensuring that the girls’ lives are not endangered in any rescue attempt.
Thisday, front pg, cont pg6

Boko Haram kills 45 in fresh Borno village attack
Suspected members of the deadly Boko Haram Islamic sect on Monday attacked Dille village in Borno State, killed 45 people and torched several houses and shops and forced many people to flee into nearby hills for safety. The terrorists, it was gathered, came in a convoy of over 20 vehicles and motorcycles. According to one of the villagers, Njimtiku Papka, who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri on the phone, the terrorists on arriving the village started shooting indiscriminately at everyone in sight. He said, “Some of us had to flee into the nearby hills for safety, because the insurgents do not spare any person in their attacks and killings in the last three or four months. Monday’s attacks and killings bring to five other villages that had been attacked by Boko Haram gunmen, without being arrested by the military or police since January.” He lamented that among the people killed by the insurgents were those they considered as informants to the military. The Punch, pg8

Nyako, deputy flee government house
• Impeachment panel submits report to speaker • Lawmakers set for emergency sitting today • Al-Makura gets sack notice
AS the political crisis in Adamawa State deepens, Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy James Bala Ngillari allegedly fled the Government House Monday. A source told The Guardian that the governor and his deputy had taken their personal belongings out of the Government House. This came as the seven-man panel set up by the state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate the 20 charges of gross misconduct levelled against Nyako and Ngillari Monday submitted its report to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Umaru Fintri. Besides, Nyako’s counterpart in Nasarawa, Umar Tanko Al-Makura, was served an impeachment notice by the state House of Assembly over allegations of gross misconduct as President Goodluck Jonathan visited the state yesterday. While submitting the report in Adamawa, the chairman of the panel, Alhaji Abubakar Kaigama, said that the committee gave the governor and his deputy the opportunity to appear and defend themselves, but they refused to honour the invitation. “The panel invited the governor and the deputy governor twice, but they refused to come to the panel or send their representatives”, he said. Kaigama said that the members of the panel had seen their assignment as a great opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of democracy in the country. The Guardia, front pg, cont on pg4

Ekiti guber poll: Only court can disqualify me – Fayose
ADO EKITI—Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose yesterday said only court could declare him unfit to stand for election and not an individual, groups or political parties, saying he was not rattled with the case instituted against him by All Progressives Congress, APC. In apparent response to the petition filed against his victory by the APC, Fayose said it was abnormal for an individual or group to adjudge him guilty of an offence preferred against him without court pronouncement. Fayose, who spoke in Ado Ekiti through his media aide, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said he was not bothered by the decision of APC to challenge his election at the tribunal. The governor-elect said he was taken aback to learn that the APC had decided to contest the outcome of election which was adjudged to be freest and fairest by all Nigerians, boasting that he would defeat Fayemi 50 times, if there was a repeat election. He said he was happy that the state APC Chairman, Chief Jide Awe told Journalists while submitting the party’s petition to the tribunal on Saturday that his party was embarrassed over the outcome of the poll.
Vanguard, pg11

Nasarawa Assembly begins Al-Makura’s impeachment
Accuses Gov of siphoning state funds •PDP denies involvement
Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Musa Ahmed, on Monday directed the Clerk of the Assembly to serve Governor Tanko Al-Makura with notice of impeachment for alleged acts of gross misconduct. This followed a motion of public interest raised by Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Yahaya Usman (PDP-Umaisha/Ugya), during plenary in Lafia, the state capital. The lawmaker presented a document containing allegations of gross misconduct against the Governor, which, he said, was signed by 20 of the 24 members of the Assembly. “I am on my feet to raise a motion under the matter of public interest and I will go direct to read the document I have in my hand; this is a notice of impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State for gross misconduct,” Usman said. Daily Independent, pg2

Analysts state conditions for investment of pension fund in infrastructure
The introduction of government-backed securities, policy consistency and sanctity of contracts, have been identified as the basis for investment of the nation’s pension funds in the embattled infrastructure sub-sector. Also, proper project design and the involvement of relevant government agencies, such as the Infrastructure Concession Commission, Debt Management Office, and Ministry of Justice, among others, would be involved from the conception stage to ensure transparency. Analysts at the just concluded World Pension Summit – African Special believe it is important to ensure safety of the funds so that the wellbeing of workers after retirement would not be unduly put at risk. Daily Independent, front net

Business News

ECOWAS single currency’s 2015 take-off date under threat
The inability of some countries within the West African Monetary Zone to meet up with the macroeconomic convergence criteria is currently threatening the January 1, 2015 take-off of the single currency regime for the sub region. The development was confirmed on Monday during the 37th meeting of the Technical Committee of the West African Monetary Zone, which was held at the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Abuja. The Punch, pg31

Naira Firms on Dollar Inflow
The naira firmed marginally on the interbank market yesterday after oil companies sold dollars to buy the local currency and dollar demand from importers slowed, traders said. The naira closed at N162.28 to a dollar, slightly firmer than Friday’s close of N162.38 to a dollar.A unit of France’s Total sold $42 million and China’s Addax sold $8 million, boosting dollar liquidity and support for the local currency. Thisday, from the net

World/Regional News

2015: Ibori’s daughter tipped for House of Assembly
With less than nine months countdown to the House of Assembly elections nationwide, the political class in Eithiop West constituency have been reportedly asked to fall in line for the adoption of the candidacy of Miss Eriatake Ibori, the second daughter of former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori for the Legislative House slot under the ruling party in the area, the PDP. The Urhobo Voice, pg5

‘Chief butcher’ of Boko Haram arrested – Nigerian police
Boko Haram militants are notorious for slaughtering their victims, especially those caught along highways Nigerian police said Tuesday they had arrested a man who had confessed to being the Boko Haram insurgent group’s “chief butcher” in the northeastern Bauchi State, which has recently witnessed violence that has been blamed on the group.. Daily Independent

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