Naija News Wednesday, May 21 2014

National News

Terrorists bomb Jos, kill 46
• Two arrested over Kano explosion • Govt asks UN body to blacklist B’Haram
• Wike blames Shettima, Sani writes Sultan • Senate okays extension of emergency rule
A TWIN bomb blast Tuesday occurred on Murtala Muhammed Way close to the old site of University Teaching Hospital in Jos, Plateau State, killing about 46 persons and injuring many others. President Goodluck Jonathan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, have condemned the Jos blasts, describing the perpetrators of the tragic assault on human freedom as cruel and evil. Meanwhile, two men have been arrested in connection with a suicide car bombing in Kano that killed four, police said Tuesday. In a related development, Nigeria has formally asked the United Nations (UN) Security Council al-Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist Boko Haram after the kidnapping of hundreds of school girls, UN diplomats said Tuesday. In the same vein, the Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion) has ended its third session of the fifth Synod with the theme: “We will serve the Lord” held at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja, Lagos, condemning terrorism and the abduction of Chibok girls. While sympathizing with the nation, parents and relations of the kidnapped girls, the Church said it was solemnly behind the “Bring Back Our Girls, Now and Alive global campaign. Also, the leader of the Civil Society Coalition in the North, Malam Shehu Sani, has urged the Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, to lead a delegation of other Islamic heads to dialogue with Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Chibok girls and also put an end to their violent activities.

The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg2

 B’Haram: IG orders security audit of boarding schools

Following the threat by the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to attack two boarding schools in Makurdi, Benue State, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered a security audit and threat analysis of all boarding schools nationwide. The IG has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately commence the audit as part of measures to bolster security and protect students and other stakeholders in secondary schools. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the outcome of the exercise would greatly assist the police and other security agencies in the task of designing security strategies that could promote safety and security in the schools. The police stated that the result of the consultations, threat analysis and the attendant security awareness campaigns would help in reducing the vulnerability of the schools and strengthen an otherwise soft terror target. “The Commissioners of Police are expected to work with other security agencies, the Ministry of Education of the various states and the management and staff of the schools, the Parents Teachers Association, the host communities and other stakeholders, to obtain the most reliable intelligence.”

The Punch, pg18

NASS approves extension of state of emergency in N’East
ABUJA— THE Senate, yesterday, approved President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for extension of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. – However, the Senate said given that the previous state of emergency in the affected states achieved little or no positive results, the President should declare full military action to arrest the rising insurgency in the North-East. Rising from a closed session that lasted about four hours, after alleged disagreement by Senators from the affected states, especially those from Borno States, the Red Chamber unanimously endorsed the extension. Also, the need to provide a legal framework for the war against terrorism and to consolidate on the successes recorded in recent past are among the main reasons why the House of Representatives extended, for another six months, the emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, has said. Tambuwal made this disclosure when he granted audience to the Botswana High Commissioner in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Louis Fisher, at the National Assembly yesterday.

Vanguard, pg13

Tension in Ekiti, as Jonathan, Buhari, Tinubu visit
Police authorities in Ekiti State have beefed up security in the build up to planned visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the state on Thursday. The President is being expected in Ekiti to drum up support for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard-bearer in the June 21 governorship election in the state, Ayo Fayose. To underscore the importance of the election to the major political parties in the race, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including ex-military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, are also expected to arrive Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, today for the Kayode Fayemi re-election campaign. The two parties are to hold their rallies at the popular Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti. State Police Commissioner, Felix Uyanna, said he has deployed his men to all strategic locations in the metropolis and its suburbs to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Daily Independent, pg2

How oil deal favouring few oligarchs fuel North’s inequality, insurgency
The tale of the northern oil baron is symptomatic of the general dysfunction in Nigeria’s oil sector, where a long history of corruption has enriched a few elites and provided them with hefty profits while two-thirds of the population lives in poverty. Just as in the freewheeling days of military rule when the government dispensed favorers by gifting off-state-owned oil fields to friends and cronies, Nigeria oil ministers today still hand out licenses at their own discretion, refusing to follow international best practice of using open bids. “Nigeria’s oil sector is currently structured to benefit a few rent seekers, either through opaque oil swap deals, fraudulent petroleum subsides or noncompetitive licensing of oil blocs,” said a senior oil industry source who formerly worked in the state oil company, the NNPC.

BusinessDay, front pg, cont on pg4

British spy plane joins in search for girls
A sentinel reconnaissance aircraft left RAF Waddington yesterday morning bound for the Ghanaian capital for Accra, west of Nigeria and close to where Islamist terror group Boko Haram are believed to be holding the Chibok girls. The high-tech surveillance jet will assist US aircraft in attempting to find the schoolgirls, who were abducted in their school on April 15. British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “The kidnap of these girls is a reprehensible act which has draw international condemnation.

The Nation, front pg, cont on pg2

Business News

Court declines to reinstate Sanusi as CBN governor
Transfers case to industrial court
Abuja, the suspended Governor of CBN Mallam Sanusi lamido Sanusi, yesterday, lost his bid to return to office as the federal High Court sitting in Abuja declined to set aside his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan. The court in its 84-page judgment, said it was bereft of the jurisdiction to restate the ousted CBN Governor, stressing that the nature of his suit bothered on a dispute between an employer and his employee, which it said only the National Industrial court, NIC, has the statutory powers to adjudicate on.

Vanguard, pg9

Senate summons Manitoba over poor power transmission
The Senate Committee on Privatization has summoned Manitoba, the Canadian company managing the Transmission Company of Nigeria, to appear before it next week Tuesday or Wednesday to explain the reasons for poor electricity tramission in the country. The Punch corresponding learnt that this was the climax of an oversight visit by the committee to power firms in Lagos on Monday.

The Punch, pg28

World/Regional News

Police arrest ‘Mad man’ with pistol ammunition in Lagos
Lagos –operatives at the anti-robbery section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Yaba, Lagos are currently integrating a ‘mad man’ in whose possession a double-barrel pistol and four live cartridges were found. The man was arrested by policeman attached to Gown Estate, Egbeda, at the weekend, while attempting to hide the arms and ammunition in a dumpsite on 5th Avenue, around Customs junction, in Gowon Estate.

Vanguard,pg6

Uduaghan insists on demolition of shanties
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, on Tuesday said his government would continue to demolish and destroy shanties throughout the state despite protest by victims of the demolitions. Te governor said this At Agbor, while inspecting work on the Old Asaba –Lagos road. He said the removal of illegal structures which started in Warri and its environs was a project that would be implemented in all parts of the state

The Punch, pg18

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