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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, disclosed yesterday that 111 girls are still unaccounted for, in the aftermath of Monday’s attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi.
Sumonu stated this when he spoke with newsmen in Damaturu.
“815, out of the 926 students, were physically seen in the school, as at Tuesday.
“There are reports that more girls have returned to the school after the head count.
According to him, there were no abductions or deaths inside the school.
“I asked the school’s principal if there were abductions or deaths in the school and she said ‘no.’ I am not unaware of the rumours going on; l want to appeal to the press and the society to please, cooperate with the security agencies in this situation,” he said.
Boko Haram stormed the school on Monday evening and thereafter, 94 girls reportedly went missing.
Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack.
Boko Haram gained worldwide notoriety on April 14, 2014, when the insurgents stormed a girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Borno State and kidnapped 276 girls.
A total of 112 are still being held. After negotiations between the insurgents and the Federal Government, brokered by the International Red Cross, at least, 164 of them have been released.
Monday’s incident sparked fears of a repeat and on Wednesday morning, some 50 parents and guardians gathered at the school and demanded information.
“Our girls have been missing for two days and we don’t know their whereabouts. Although we were told they had run to some villages, we have been to all these villages mentioned without any luck. We are beginning to harbour fears the worst might have happened. We have the fear that we are dealing with another Chibok scenario,” Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among those missing, told AFP.
A source in the school said the number of missing students was established Tuesday afternoon, after a head count.
On whether the students were abducted, he said: “We cannot say because the insurgents went into the students’ hostel and many of these students scaled the fence and escaped into the bushes. No one can tell if they are abducted or not.”
Meanwhile, following the attack, parents have started evacuating their children from the school.
One of the parents, Babagana Gujba, told newsmen he decided to withdraw his daughter from school “because of her safety. I cannot risk my daughter for anybody. She will not return to this school until adequate security measures are put in place.”
One of the students who fled while the attack was on, Miss Aisha Kachalla, said: “Immediately we started hearing sporadic gunshots, we realised that all was not well. “We did not wait for anyone to tell us what was going on before taking to our heels. I can’t remain in this school; I just want to go home. I am scared.”
But, the police insisted in a statement that no student was abducted from the school by Boko Haram.
Yesterday morning, the number of missing students dropped from 94 to 46.
Commissioner of Education, Mohammed Lamin, said 28 students returned on Tuesday night and 20 more were received from Magwaram village yesterday morning.
“This has brought down the 94 missing students realised at yesterday’s headcount to 48 this morning (yesterday). We are still hopeful that more are returning soon,” he said.
He, however, advised parents to report to the school whenever their children arrived home so as to update the existing list.

…Buhari deploys military, 3 ministers in Dapchi

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed military and other security agencies to take immediate charge and control of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, where 111 were ‘unaccounted for’ as at yesterday afternoon.
The president said those deployed to Dapchi should keep him informed him of developments.
The Federal Government delegation to Dapchi is led by the Minister of Defence, Monsur Dan-Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the over five-hour meeting presided over by President Buhari.
“Mr. President has directed military and other security agencies to take immediate charge and control Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, and informed him of developments. He has released a delegation led by the minister of Defence to Dapchi, to get first-hand information as to what is happening tomorrow morning (Thursday).
Asked the latest information, with regards to the missing girls aside the 48 that have returned, Mohammed replied: “That is precisely why Mr. President is in direct contact with the military and police and, as soon as we get any information, we will let you know.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the reported disappearance of the schoolgirls.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said it was disturbed about the development, especially as there are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the girls.
The party called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to quickly put machinery in motion to recover the school girls.
“Our party restates that the life, safety and well-being of all Nigerians remain of paramount importance to us and we therefore insist that all efforts must be exerted to find these students.
“The PDP is monitoring the development on the position of the police investigation of the matter…”
“We also urge the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government to live up to its basic responsibility of protecting lives and property in our country.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Anti-graft detectives at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, are questioning Azubuike Ihejirika, a former Chief of Army Staff, over his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal.
A retired lieutenant-general, Ihejirika arrived the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, around 11:00am, yesterday and was subsequently ushered into an interrogation room.
Ihejirika, 62, was the first Ígbo officer to lead the Nigerian Army after the civil war ended in 1970. He led the Nigerian Army from September 2010 to January 2014.
He was allegedly dropped by former President Goodluck Jonathan, over his handling of the Boko Haram war.
Several top government officials of the Jonathan administration are facing trial over the disbursement of the money, including the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).
“He is being questioned in relation to the procurement of arms and ammunition during the time he held sway as chief of army staff,” an EFFC official said.
“He will be released on administrative bail as soon as preliminary interrogations are over,” another source under anonymity said.
As at yesterday night, he was still with the EFCC “answering questions.”
EFCC spokesman, Wilson  Uwujaren, not answer calls to his mobile lines yesterday night.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Senators of northern extraction under the aegis of the Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF), yesterday announced the sack of the chairman, Abdullahi Adamu. 
In his place, they announced the appointment of Aliyu Wammako, former governor of Sokoto State.
Members of the forum, in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, but read by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, claimed that Adamu was sacked over the allegedmissing N70 million belonging to the forum.
The letter signed by Sen. Dino Melaye, publicity secretary of NSF, read: “This is to inform the Senate of the majority signatories of members of the Northern Senators Forum. We have removed Senator Abdullahi Adamu as chairman of the Northern Senators Forum for financial mismanagement and misadministration.
“We announce his replacement with Senator Aliyu Wamakko immediately. Find the attached names and signatories of members.”
Adamu who was the arrowhead of the group of 10 senators that briefed journalists last week Wednesday, as soon as the Senate adopted the election sequence, kicked against the move.
He specifically described the report on the re-ordering of elections as rash and rushed. He argued that an issue as sensitive as that ought to have been debated before it was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.
He had said: “We are aggrieved with the process the so-called report was considered. It was rash. I spoke on the issue.
“I relied on some of the statues. We believe that the process was rushed. Yes, we may rely on existing statues of law.
“The strategic importance of the bill does not need to be rushed. The report that was circulated was not signed by the chairman and co-chairman of the conference committee.
“So many members of the committee did not sign. We need to know why they did not sign. I believe that the content of the bill is not fair.
“We need to be fair. Why the rush? We will all pass out one day. Why do we want to pass such a law? I will not be part of it.”
Briefing newsmen after plenary, Shehu Sani, who spoke on behalf of northern senators, alleged that the lawmaker mismanaged N70 million left in his care as chairman of the NSF.
Sani, making a sarcastic statement, said monkeys invaded the farm of executive members of NSF and carted away the N70 million.
He said the said amount was handed over to Adamu by the forum’s leadership of the Seventh Senate. Sani claimed that northern lawmakers, not satisfied with the handling of the funds, decided to replace Adamu with Wammako.
Sani said: “Abdullahi Adamu is a respected senator and an elder statesman. There are some things that some of my colleagues cannot say, but I am not used to holding back what is the truth. When we resumed as senators, Ahmad Lawan tendered the sum of N70 million to the 8th Senate.
“That is, that N70 million was the money gathered by northern senators from the 7th Senate. So it was handed over to the 8th senators from northern Nigeria.
“The rumours going round whether it is true or not, I do not know. But I believe most of the senators know it is the fact there were allegations that some monkeys raided the farm house of some of the executives in Northern Senators Forum and carted away some of these monies.
“I think this country is becoming a huge joke, first it was rodents that drove away the president and we have snake consuming about N36 million, and now you have monkeys.”
When newsmen visited the office of Adamu to get his reaction, he said he was going to react at the appropriate time.
Speaking with newsmen in his office, Melaye said: “The decision of the majority of the NSF is that they want to have a change of leadership and the allegations were investigated and found out to be true.
“There was a case of financial mismanagement and that monies were spent without the consent of members and the leadership was not contacted. The body is becoming moribund and ineffective.
“We are not doing the things that we are supposed to do. We need to inject some vibrancy into the forum and that many positions have been taken without consulting with the executive members of the forum.”
Meanwhile, 24 hours after the Senate mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and nine others over statements credited to them on the adoption of a report on the re-ordering of election sequence, the Delta State-born lawmaker yesterday apologised.
Omo-Agege who offered the apology on the floor of the Senate was, however, told by the Ekweremadu to resolve the issue with the committee.
Relying on Order 54 of the Senate Standing Rules, Omo-Agege, admitted his comments were offensive. He said he was withdrawing the claims he made during the media parley.
In the said comments, he had claimed: “When this bill was passed in the House of Representatives, only 36 members were present. This cannot stand in a House of 360 members.
“This amendment needs to be debated before it is passed. There is a section in our standing rules that if a bill is sent to the House of Representatives and it makes any inputs, the Senate shall dissolve into a committee of the whole.
“We are supposed to determine if the decision of the House is in tandem with what the Senate passed. That was not done.
“We are 59 senators who are opposed to Section 25 of the Electoral Act. We cannot stand and allow a law passed against Mr. President to stand.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Immediate past Plateau State governor and member, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee (BoT), Senator Jonah Jang has revealed his intention to contest next year’s presidential election. He berated President Muhammadu Buhari for his inability to tackle herdsmen’s killings. He also spoke on other national issues.
Recently, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, advised Buhari not to seek a re-election. What do you think?
Well, every Nigerian has the right to say what he has in mind, after all, the president didn’t go to Aso Villa himself, he was elected and the people asking him not to contest again may have voted for him in 2015. I believe they voted for him that is why they are now telling him that they cannot vote for him again in 2019, that is my understanding of the position of the two leaders. They have the right to express their own views, it is up to the President to decide whether to re-contest or not but the Nigerian voters will then decide whether they want him or not.
Do you think Buhari has done well to deserve a re-election?
When we were doing well, did they acknowledge that we were doing well? And those of us that performed, they are pursuing us all over the country, but they are not performing, everybody knows that.
The Middle Belt appears to be shopping for a credible presidential candidate to contest the 2019 election, are you interested?
I am in politics not to come and tell you that I am not interested in any position, why am I in politics? I am there to serve my people and Nigeria, I have done it during the military, I am now doing it within the political arena, if Nigerians really feel that I am worthy of their confidence and they believe that I can do it and they ask me to contest, I will pray to hear from God his purpose concerning my life, and if God says yes, who am I to go against God and my people?
What is your take on restructuring?
We cannot be calling ourselves a federation and yet running a unitary system of government, the two doesn’t work together. If we want to run a federal system of government, we should run it properly. It is unfortunate that during the military which I was part of, we believed in unitary and any time we were in power, we ran a unitary system and when we were trying to give the nation a constitution, we didn’t think deep into it and we ended up giving the nation a unitary constitution to be operated in a federal system of government, that is why nothing is working. So if we really want to progress as a country, we must restructure the country.
Are you worried over the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Plateau and in the Middle Belt?
Those of you who have been in Plateau since I was the governor can attest to the fact that I am worried over the gruesome killings in the state and in the Middle Belt. This was the problem I faced for good eight years when I was the governor. I tried to make people understand that I inherited the problem from the previous administration and tackled it headlong. I believe that I achieved a lot despite my disadvantage position of been called a Chief Security Officer of a state without having the power to command even a fly, which I still believe is the situation till date. We cannot continue this way. Some of us grew up with the Fulani herdsmen and we know the quantity of cows that have been in Plateau but suddenly, we are seeing strange people coming from different places that we don’t even know. I have asked questions in the senate whether these people are dropping from heaven, the geopolitical zones that they are now operating are not within our borders, and if they are coming through the borders, why are they not doing the same thing with the border states instead of coming into the hinterland? It means somebody is giving them access from the border and that has become a source of worry.
Whenever these people are arrested, they disappear within one or two hours and you will not even hear about them again. We know herdsmen carry sticks but these days, herdsmen are carrying very sophisticated guns and killing people at will and I believe that they are not only herdsmen, they are coming to accomplish just a purpose and that purpose is grabbing land and occupying it. Unfortunately, the present administration doesn’t seem to be up and doing in solving the problem which gives room for a lot of suspicion.
What is your take on the debate on whether to have cattle colony or not?
I have said that we are colonised by the British, we cannot be colonised by herdsmen again. What do they mean by colony? Look, cattle rearing is farming (Animal husbandry), will they give the same priority to people who are rearing dogs, pigs and others animals?
The government has to take some drastic actions, these people are not Nigerians, they are trying to hinge their argument that Fulani doesn’t have boundaries, and there is no body in this world that doesn’t have a boundary of where he is coming from. They are coming from somewhere, where were they before? I am over 70 years and I have never seen these types of Fulani with my eyes, where are they coming from? They should be sent back to where they are coming from and let’s contend with the ones we have in Nigeria. We have a way of settling our problem with a Fulani man whose cows eat or damage crops in the farm without going to court. But these ones that are carrying gun and killing people, they cannot be Nigerians, they must not be allowed in the country.
What is your assessment of Governor Simon Lalong’s administration?
Since I left office in 2015, Lalong has never contacted me about anything. Let me say it today that at the time Lalong was declared winner of the election, I wrote him a letter as the then governor inviting him into the government house for me to brief him in preparation to handing over, I filed that letter personally and he did not respond. By age, I am older than Lalong, I am his immediate predecessor, I expected him to come to my resident out of respect for my age to even greet me, he has never thought of doing that, will I force myself on Lalong? It is a sick man that needs a doctor, if he thinks he is well and doesn’t need a doctor, good enough.
There are some of you political benefactors at the National Assembly that have decided to turn against you, do you regret raising them?
I can’t be threatened by anybody for anything at my age. But in a family, when you are raising children, there are some that suddenly become troublesome but I have not given up on them, I still believe in them and I believe that one day they will appreciate me if somebody also do the same thing to them. But I have not giving up, I will continue to pray for them always.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as baseless allegations raised 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Monica Iheakam President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has assured world football 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
President of Sunshine Stars FC, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi has communicated in writing the club's decision 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
The Nigeria University Games Association in conjunction with Pace Sports Entertainment Limited has concluded 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
George Aluo Nigerian club sides last night dazzled in the continent in the money spinning CAF Championship 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
The management of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Niger Tornadoes has announced the 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Two semifinalists have emerged in the ongoing Delta State principals' Cup sponsored by Zenith Bank 

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility Arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has completed 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), has lampooned the management of Maritime 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Martins Nwanne PTML Customs Command, Tin-Can Island Port recorded good milestone in revenue generation 

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First class economist and former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, has accepted to chair 

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Panel gets 2 weeks ultimatum to submit report Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
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