Islamic professionals task Sultan on Boko Haram, seek dialogue
AN Islamic group, under the aegis of Concerned Muslim Professionals, has expressed worry over the activities of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, and called on the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to dialogue with members. It argued that most members of the sect would have laid down arms while many would not have joined them if the Muslim leadership in Nigeria had discussed with the insurgents. In a letter to the sultan, president of the organization, Alhaji Mohammed Saidu, regretted that the activities of the sect have become a great embarrassment to the Islamic faith. Saidu, in the letter titled, “Echoing the message of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd): A call for action from Islamic leadership of Northern Nigeria,” obtained Sunday in Abuja, said the biggest task before Islamic leaders in the north is to reconcile the warring Muslim and Christian communities through forgiveness, healing and genuine social integration and coexistence. According to him, “if the family of billionaire Umar Mutallab could have a terrorist in its midst, then such a disease could be everywhere. It can only take the effort of the sultan and the other Muslim leaders to mobilize compliance by parents and relatives, which is part of the actions being demanded by well-meaning Nigerians.
The Guardian, pg5
Crisis as North threatens to quit National Conference
Knocks for state creation proposal
A Major crisis has broken out at the National Conference —the talkshop that is believed by the authorities to be the magic pill against Nigeria’s ailments— with the North threatening to pull out. The North’s delegates have protested to the Conference’s Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi and his deputy, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi. Their demand: nullification of all resolutions so far taken through voice vote, which they said did not reflect the views of delegates. They insisted on “a proper ballot process” and queried why the conference’s leadership refused to use ballot boxes and papers already with the secretariat. They accused the leadership of alleged “floundering” on resolutions. The Northern Delegates Forum( NDF) hold an emergency meeting at Gombe Jewel Hotel in Abuja to determine whether to go ahead with the conference or boycott it. The displeased delegates met with Justice Kutigi and Akinyemi at the weekend. Those who represented the Northern delegates are ex-Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, Prof. Anwalu Yadudu, Senator Khairat Gwadabe, Mohammed Kumalia; and Mohammed Bello. It was learnt that the delegates were angry over the conference voice vote resolutions on state police, rotational presidency, adoption of six geopolitical zones, deletion of local government from the Federal Constitution, nature of federalism to be adopted by the country, among others.
The Nation, front pg, cont on pg2
Apapa-Oshodi road snarl: Fashola begs tanker drivers to transport product at nigh –
LAGOS — Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, assured that the traffic gridlock being experienced on the Apapa Oshody Expressway would ease in the next one week. He also appealed to tanker drivers to transport their product at night, saying “It is easier to move at this time. appealed to the tanker drivers to transport their product at night, saying “It is easier to move at this time . Fashola gave the assurance while inspecting some failed portions of the ever busy expressway and the ongoing expansion works on the 10 lane Lagos-Badagry Expressway. He was accompanied by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiyu Johnson and the South West Public Relations Officer of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Mr. Tayo Aboyeji among others. The governor said, “They (PTD officials) have assured me that in the next one week, things will change for the better and we are accepting that from them. It is easier for the state to accept their commitment but if we do not see the change we expect, we know what to do on behalf of the residents. Vanguard, pg9
63 Borno women escape from Boko Haram
Sixty-three women abducted by the Boko Haram Islamic sect from Kummabza village in the Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State two weeks ago have escaped from their kidnappers, security sources said on Sunday. The women, the security sources said, had reunited with their families. Some witnesses said that their unexpected freedom was facilitated when the insurgents left them in the camp to embark on an operation where they attacked military formations on Friday. This, the sources said, presented the women with an opportunity to flee from their abductors. It will be recalled that 70 women were allegedly abducted by insurgents from Kummabza village two weeks ago. The Federal Government denied the abduction but the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, set up an inquiry into the kidnap. The panel had yet to submit its report when security sources told journalists that the women had escaped from their captors. Also, investigations into the incident revealed that there was a grand conspiracy to cover up the abduction as the nation was still going the embarrassment of the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School in Chibok on April 14.
The Punch, pg9 &19
Delta: Anioma may get own state
The traditional and political leaders of Anioma nation, under the aegis of Anioma Congress, have lauded the National Conference for approving their age-long demand for the creation of Anioma State based on the political restructuring of Nigeria. According to a statement by the Secretary-General of Anioma Congress, Mr. Dan Okenyi, the royal fathers commended the efforts of the delegates to the Confab to recommend for restructuring of Nigeria on the basis of equity, justice and fairness. The Urhobo Voice, pg2
6. Non-release of Chibok girls worrisome –British Envoy
•Decries high rate of insecurity, corruption •Discuss with Boko Haram, Muslim professionals tell Sultan •Cleric warns against swapping of abducted girls
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Cocock, has decried the state of security and worsening tolerance for corruption in the country. Cocock who Spoke at the 12th graduation and prize-giving ceremony of the Thomas Adewumi International College (TAICO), Oko, Kwara State, said the prevail security challenges and corruption are affecting the growth and development of Nigeria. “Nigeria is going through some of the most difficult times in its independent history – the insurgency in the North East, violence in the Middle Belt, corruption and oil theft in the Niger Delta.” The British envoy said the inability of government to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls two months after their abduction by Boko Haram insurgents was worrisome. He, however, expressed optimism that with greater commitment by the leadership, the insurgency, violence and corruption could be contained in the country. Cocock praised TAICO for its commitment to quality education and urged government to invest in education in the country. Daily Independent, front pg, cont on pg2
No Nigerian bank among top 290 globally –Report
A new report has revealed that no Nigerian bank is among the top 290 banks in the world. The report, however, showed that 13 of the banks operating in the country were among the top 1,000 in the world. The report, titled: ‘Top 1000 World Banks’, is an annual publication of The Banker, a journal of the Financial Times Group of London.
The Punch, pg32
Nigeria-Portugal Association seeks increased trade
The Nigeria Portugal Business Association has called for increased trade ties between the two countries. Chairman of the Association and Group Managing Director, Union Bank Plc, Mr. Emeka Emuwa made this call at dinner organized to receive some Portuguese entrepreneurs on a business visit to Nigeria. Emuwa said that one of the objectives of the Association is to provide a platform through which Nigerians doing business in Portugal and Portuguese doing business in Nigeria can come together, and foster business relationship between the two countries.
35% levy on imported vehicles to wait till Jan.
Vehicle importers are set to breathe a sigh of relief – the Federal Government has shifted the implementation of the 35 per cent levy on vehicles till January 1. The levy regime, a key component of the new automotive policy, would have begun on Tuesday. Minister of Trade and Investment Dr. Olusegun Aganga briefed the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its weekly meeting on the policy. He also explained it during his interaction with reporters at the State House.
Son arrested for killing own dad in Redemption Camp
ABEOKUTA— The Ogun State Police Command said, yesterday, that it has arrested a 21 year old Tolani Ajayi, for allegedly killing his father, Charles Ajayi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, in the Redemption Camp along Lagos/Ibadan expressway .The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said its command uncovered the mystery behind the killing of a legal luminary who was slaughtered by his biological son. Vanguard, pg6