UK to Host Next Meeting as Leaders Tighten Noose Around Boko Haram
• Gordon Brown calls for international action to uphold the right of all children to study Davidson Iriekpen
Following the security summit hosted by France at the weekend to stem the activities of the terror group, Boko Haram, the United Kingdom (UK) will host a follow up meeting at the ministerial level to review the progress made on the action plan agreed to on Saturday by eight countries and the European Union (EU) to counter the terrorist organisation. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, which was presided over by French President Francois Hollade, and had in attendance Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic, President Paul Biya of Cameroun, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, President Idriss Deby of Chad and representatives from the United States, UK and the EU. According to the communiqué, the countries in attendance agreed on a number of initiatives to curtail the excesses of the insurgents, as well as mobilise funds in support of women and girls in marginalised areas. It added that countries are to establish an intelligence-pooling unit, create a dedicated team to identify means of implementation and draw up, during a second phase, a regional counter-terrorism strategy in the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. It said: “The United States, the United Kingdom, France and the European Union will coordinate their support for this regional cooperation through technical expertise, training programmes and support for the border area management programmes.”
The Guardian, front pg cont on pg2
Police recover nail rods planted on highways to puncture vehicle tyres
Abeokuta_ The Ogun State Police, yesterday said it has recovered heavy nail-like rods allegedly buried on high-ways along Abeokuta/Sagamu Expressway by hoodlums to puncture tyres of moving vehicles. The command also said the highway patrol team attached to Ijebu-Ode/Benin expressway has arrested four suspects, Oluwasun Oladapo, Julius Tepe, Kamoru Moruf and Surajudeen Busari, while on its routine express patrol along the expressway. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said the command’s anti-robbery team attached to the expressway on patrol recovered the dangerous items allegedly planted by hoodlums along the road. Speaking on the arrest of the suspects, Adejobi explained that the team flagged down one Honda Accord car with number plate Lagos AAA219BP, with the aforementioned occupants at Ososa area along the expressway.
17 die in explosions
•10 killed as Kano hotel is bombed •Blast at jetty kills 7
NO fewer than 10 people were feared dead last night in an explosion in Sabongari, Kano. The blast occurred at a hotel around 9:30pm when people were relaxing. Many were injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which bore the imprint of the Boko Haram insurgents. An eyewitness told The Nation that the incident occurred in a hotel on Gold Coast Road, near Aithen Road, Sabongari, an area populated mainly by non-indigenes. The explosion sent people scampering to safety during which many were injured. The Joint Task Force (JTF) cordoned off the area shortly after. Also yesterday, there was an explosion near the Port Harcourt refinery. Seven people were killed and scores injured. But resultant fire did not affect the refinery before it was put out. The fire was sparked by the activities of illegal bunkerers at a creek near the NNPC jetty in Okrika, Rivers State. Okrika Local Government Tamuno Chairman Williams said the exposition was caused “by the activities of illegal bunkers who were siphoning petrol from NNPC facilities. “For now, I will say seven die, scores injured and they are being treated in hospitals in Rivers State,” Williams said. The security personnel reporters from the scene of the explosion. Mr. Frank Abe, a resident of the area, said the number of the causalities was more than seven, “Many people died, how can they say it is only seven that died.
The Nation, front pg. cont pg2
Knocks for Jonathan over 2014 budget impasse
•Seek judicial interpretation, experts tell FG, NASS •Say delay paralysing economy •LCCI laments cycle of poor implementation •Banks fleece oil firms through high interest rates
The 2014 national budget may become the most delayed yet in the nation’s history. The 2013 budget was already operative by February of the year even though that of 2012 was passed in April, while that of 2011 came almost half way into the year. Year 2011 was a bad record compared to 2010, which was already awaiting President’s seal on April 20. But with five months already behind, the Federal Government announced on Wednesday last week that this year’s budget would be late in coming once more because the draft estimate passed by the National Assembly is “not implementable”. Minister of Information Labaran Maku, told the nation that there were “few areas of distortions and they are those areas that are very serious” which should be looked into because of their negative impact “on the implementation of the budget”. This has compelled the President to withhold his assent, he said. Reacting to the budget impasse, experts and operators in the various sectors of the economy who spoke to Daily Independentlamented that the recurrent delay does not portray Nigeria as a serious nation about to lift its people out of extreme poverty soon. They blamed this type of scenario for the huge infrastructure deficit and derelict social services over the years in the country.
Daily Independent, pg2
Confab delegates reject tenure extension for Jonathan
Delegates attending the National Conference have said they will not extend the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan and other elected government officials. A member of the conference from South-South Chief Okon Osung, who is making the proposal, had on Friday said he had already distributed the proposal to some delegates, including all the 24-members in the Public Finance Committee, headed by a former Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Adamu Aliero. The delegate insisted that the proposal for postponing the 2015 elections for 18 months was to take the “wind out of the sail of coup enthusiasts and proponents, and thereby deny them the excuse of plotting coups. “The inbuilt mechanism inherent in democracy should be allowed to operate so that coup plotters will be deprived of the opportunity of arguing that African leaders lack the capacity for institution-building.” He denied the insinuation that he, being a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party from the South-South, was speaking the minds of others like him, that President Jonathan was afraid of losing the election. But some delegates said the call was uncalled for and that it must be disregarded by their colleagues.
The Punch, pg12
More trouble for Ibori as Appeal Court overturns acquittal
The court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has un-turned the earlier ruling of the federal High Court, Asaba which returned a no case verdict in a 170 count charge against Chief James Ibori in 2008 with the appeal Court affirming that the former Governor of delta State has a case to answer. The Appeal Court verdict was delivered by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa and was supported by Justices P.M Ekpe and H.A Barka respectively on Thursday May 15, 2014 n Benin City. This is coming six years after Justice Marcel Awokulehin sensationally struck out all 170-count charges of money laundering preferred against the former governor, James Onanefe Ibori by the EFCC.
The Urhobo Voice, pg5
Jonathan may sign 2014 budget this week
There are indications that President Goodluck Jonathan may sign the 2014 appropriation bill into law this week. The Senate had on April 9 passed the bill, raising the amount in the fiscal document from the N4.642tn submitted by Jonathan to the National Assembly on December 19, 2013 to N4.695tn. Highlights of the budget as passed by the upper chamber are statutory transfers, N408.68bn; debt servicing, N712bn; recurrent expenditure, N2.454tn; and capital expenditure, N1.119tn. The Punch, pg34
8. Arik Air alerts travellers on new security measures at ailrports. Arik Air, has alerted air travelers of new security measures put in place at Nigerian airports by the Federal Government. The airline is therefore advising all intending air travelers to set out early for their flights to avoid loss of travel time. According to General Manager, Public Communication, Arik Air, Mr Ola Banji “The Federal Government has put extra security measures in place at all airports and this could cause traffic snare on airport roads leading to unforeseen delays or missed flights for travelers.”
Vanguard, from the net
Boko Haram: Let’s unite behind Jonathan, security agencies – Anenih
ABUJA — CHAIRMAN, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, has urged Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic groups, tribe, geo-political zones, religion or political affiliations, to unite behind President Goodluck Jonathan and security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency that had continually engaged in massive killing and wanton destruction of property in some parts of the country .
EFCC arrests Buhari’s son for N20m scam
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested Mr. Mohammed Buhari, an adopted son of a former Head of State, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, for an alleged N20m scam. A source at the EFCC said that the young Buhari obtained the said N20m from one Mrs. Nwokocha Florence to invest in an oil and gas business with a promise to make mouthwatering returns to the lady.
The Punch, pg 12