Naija News Tuesday, May 13, 2014

National News

Boko Haram chief: we’ll attack Abuja, refineries

Govt rejects deal to swap prisoners for abducted girls
Boko Haram leader Imam Abubakar Shekau has made another video appearance, daring the United States and others. He said none of the world powers could locate his whereabouts, no matter how hard they try. Besides, Shekau vowed that the sect would attack Abuja – the seat of the government and the refineries – the symbol of Nigeria’s economic power. In a 56-minute video in which Shekau mixed Arabic, Hausa, English and Kanuri, he declared war against those he described as infidels, including Christians. He also spoke on the fate of the girls, who have been converted to Islam. He said: “I am going to marry all these girls off; you cannot see them again. We will sell them in the market; there is a market where I will sell them. “If you bring three trillion troops, we will not release the girls. We stand to deal with infidels. “If they catch me, it does not stop me from what I am doing. They said anybody that catches me will be given $50million. So I am important; Obama and Jonathan are unimportant. “You are looking for who? It is not a new thing that they are catching children and selling them. It is the owner that puts them in the market. “We are stronger than America anywhere they are. If you want to defend do so because I am ready. “Where do you say you will come and look for me? Do you know where I am since all these days? “You are just searching in vain by looking at every nook and cranny. “I don’t have a land; anywhere I find myself is my land because all land belongs to God.

The Nation, front pg, cont on pg15

Boko Haram offers to swap abducted girls for prisoners
• Shows in new video ‘conversion of abductees to Islam’ • SSS insists Shekau is dead, Shettima wants clips verified • Govt rejects deal, Britain condemns terrorists’ action • It’s war against Christianity, CAN declares • Adeboye prays, Buhari seeks education to end crisis
AN offer for the release of the more than 200 school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State, came from terror group Boko Haram Monday. But the overture is conditional: the group would only free the girls if the Federal Government releases its members in prison. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Reuters, a new video released by Boko Haram yesterday claimed to show around 130 of the girls kidnapped last month. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said they would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed. He said the girls had converted to Islam. The video claimed to show them praying. Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria on April 14 and threatened to sell them. Three of the girls – wearing full-length cloaks – were shown speaking in the 17-minute video obtained by French news agency, Agence France Presse (AFP). Two girls say they were Christians and have converted to Islam, while the other says she is Muslim. “These girls, these girls you occupy yourselves with… we have indeed liberated them. These girls have become Muslims,” Abubakar Shekau says in the video.

The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg2

Police arrest suspected Boko Haram spy in Jos
POLICE sources said on Monday that men of the Plateau State police command arrested a suspected spy for the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, while spying on policemen on parade at the Mobile Police Barracks, Sector 8, in Jos, Plateau State. The arrest of the unnamed middle-aged suspect followed recent complaints by members of the public over the existence of some strangers said to be parading in parts of Jos and Bukuru metropolis. Our correspondent learnt that the suspect was arrested on Monday while spying on some policemen at parade rehearsals in preparation for the pulling-out ceremony of the state police commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe. Police sources said the presence of the suspect near the parade ground raised the suspicion of those on parade and when the policemen attempted to interrogate the young man, he took to his heels. The Boko Haram suspect was said to have caused a scare when he ran towards the nursery and primary school building located within the barracks, but he was apprehended by some policemen. He was also said to have made another attempt to escape when he was being quizzed. He was said to have been transferred to the Anguljos police station for questioning. The arrested man reportedly told his interrogators that he was a Kanuri by tribe and had come from Gonori in the Gujba Local Government area of Yobe State. Gonori is said to be a strong base of Boko Haram.

The Punch, pg8

Education for all, panacea for insurgency – Buhari
KANO — Former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Federal Government to provide free and qualitative education in the country. Buhari, who spoke at the second Progressives Governance Lecture Series in Kano, yesterday, identified lack of proper education as the bane of insecurity and political unrest in the country and urged the government to review the policy in a way that there will be quality and standard to check insurgency in the country. According to the former Head of State, such a step would go a long way to preventing insecurity. “Until the fallen standard of education in Nigeria is fixed to engage out of school children, the incessant attack on innocent Nigerians, particularly in the North East may get worse.” He added that there was the need for increase in the budgetary allocation to the education sector.”When we came to government in the 80′s, we appointed Professor Fafunwa to review all the recommendations on education and identify critical points for immediate implementation.

Vanguard

Boko Haram highlights slow decline of Nigeria’s military
Two decades ago Nigeria’s military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the north-east kills thousands, reports Reuters. A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling co-operation with Western forces have damaged Nigeria’s armed services, while in Boko Haram they face an increasingly well-armed, determined foe, a foe that abducted more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, nearly a month ago. The military still appears to have no idea exactly where they are, but denies it lacks the capacity to get them back. President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Boko Haram has “infiltrated … the armed forces and police”, sometimes giving the militants a headstart, but the problems go much deeper. “The Nigerian military is a shadow of what it’s reputed to have once been,” said James Hall, a retired colonel and former British military attache to Nigeria. “They’ve fallen apart.” Unlike Nigerian peacekeepers in the 1990s, who were effective in curbing ethnic bloodshed in Sierra Leone and Liberia, those in Mali last year lacked the equipment and training needed to be of much use in the fight against al Qaeda-linked forces, sources involved in that mission say.

BusinessDay, front pg. cont on pgAA4

Obasanjo backs Lamido’s presidential ambition
former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday in Dutse, the Jigawa State Capital threw his weight behind Governor Sule Lamido’s presidential ambition saying he has what it takes to be the president of the nation. He made the assertion while fielding questions from journalists at Kodel primary and Junior secondary school Kudai in Dutse local government area. It was on the occasion of the 10 anniversary of the takeover of the by Obasanjo Foundation. He said when looking at his political antecedent Lamido has the quality to seek for the president of this Country. “Though, he did not tell me, but I knew that sule Lamido has the capability , quality and wherewithal to contest for the most exalted office in Nigeria,” Obasanjo further explained . He said he wished Governor Lamido well in whatever ambition he has because according to him, Lamido has proved his self beyond reasonable doubt that he is a leader worthy of emulation. Obasanjo disclosed that the way the governor transformed and re engineered jigawa state was something to be proud of.

Daily Independent, pg7

Business News

Labour cautions FG on standardisation of cement

ORGANISED labour has called on the Federal Government to implement the standardisation of cement in the country with caution to avoid worsening the unemployment situation in the country President of the Chemical and Non Metallic Products Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, CANMPSSAN, Abdul Gafar Mohammed, said the union hoped present standardisation agenda was not aimed at institutionalising monopoly in the industry, warning that labour would resist such move. He argued that cases of building collapse being experienced in parts of the country go beyond cement.

Vanguard, pg21

CBN laments rising cases of money laundering
advocates reforms to address inequality, corruption
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday lamented the rising cases of financial crimes in the country, noting that the trend was raising serious concerns about the integrity of the financial system. The Acting Governor, CBN, Dr. Sarah Alade, stated this in Abuja at the opening session of the regional course on combating money laundering and other financial crimes.

The Punch, pg30

World/Regional News

Fuel subsidy probe: Court refuses to quash charge against Farouk
ABUJA — The Court of Appeal in Abuja, yesterday, declined to quash the criminal charge preferred against the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel subsidy probe, Farouk Lawan, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC. Vanguard, pg14

Pistorius trial resumes with mental health ruling due
The trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has resumed, with the judge due to rule on a prosecution application for him to undergo a 30-day mental observation. State prosecutor Gerrie Nel is questioning defence forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster. On Monday, she said that Pistorius suffered from an anxiety disorder. The BBC’s Andrew Harding in Pretoria says there is the possibility of a lengthy delay in the case.

The Punch, from the net

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