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PDP, others kick as ‘security agents storm Atiku’s plane
Mon, 12 Nov 2018

Security operatives allegedly swooped on a private jet conveying the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Atiku yesterday. The aircraft, which touched down at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at 1:30 a.m. from Dubai, was said to have been boarded by the armed personnel in a search operation.

Describing the event on his Twitter handle, Atiku wrote: “I arrived Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state aimed at intimidating my staff and me. I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them.”He was joined on the social media platform by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who “totally condemned this reckless harassment of @atiku, the candidate of the @OfficialPDPNig as he landed in Abuja. Nigeria is not a fascist state. We will not return to a jackboot dictatorship. This government should face Atiku at the polls, not with force.”

His criticism was re-echoed by Reno Omokri, an aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan: “@Atiku just returned to Nigeria and @MBujari sent a team of army, police, customs and immigration officers to surround, then search his plane. What were they hoping to find? What is Buhari afraid of? Why this harassment? If Buhari performed, would he be afraid of losing?”

Timi Frank, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), issued a statement alleging that the operatives confessed they were directed by the presidency to embarrass the former vice president.He claimed the squad had recording gadgets and wanted to see if Atiku returned to the country with foreign currencies or any other incriminating items. They were disappointed when nothing of such was found on Atiku or the aircraft, he said. He added that privileged information showed the presidential candidate was not safe under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In its denunciation, the PDP faulted “the unleashing of a special security squad of army, police and paramilitary agencies by the Muhammadu Buhari presidency to physically harass our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.”

The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “It was shocking when the deadly squad, in a Gestapo style attack, and acting on ‘orders from above’, rushed at our candidate immediately he landed and attempted to physically manhandle him before invading his aircraft with dangerous weapons to conduct a violent search. This deadly squad violently tampered with certain personal documents and gadgets belonging to him, including some of his campaign documents.”

According to the party, “this is an attack on our democracy and the collective sensibility of the overwhelming majority of Nigerians, across board, who have accepted the choice of Atiku Abubakar as Nigeria’s next president and they will vigorously deploy every means available in a democracy to defend him and our democratic process.”

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How Nigeria’s economic woes hobble continental integration
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Nigeria’s economic structure, dominated by commodities and primary products offerings, with a slow-paced, but painful infrastructure development strategy, is now running against its plans to participate in the continent’s market integration agenda.
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Ameyo Adadevoh: The Ebola Tormentor
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Only the forgotten are truly dead- Tess Gerristen In Nigeria’s history, few have been able to show that the impossible can be done in different sectors like Dr Stella. Ameyo Adadevoh was born in October 1956 in Lagos to the family of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Babatunde Adadevoh. Her great-grandfather, []
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Pusha T Claims He Is Not Responsible For Drake-Troll Visuals
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Just when we thought that the feud between Pusha T and Drake was over, Pusha T’s visuals at his show at Camp Flog Gnaw showed up a “F**K DRAKE” graphic. This happened while he was performing at Tyler, the Creator’s music fest on Saturday the 09 of November. The “Adidon” artiste says that he didn’t []
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Stakeholders seek review of ECOWAS transhumance regulations
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Stakeholders have called for the review of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on free movement of persons, goods and animals. The call was made yesterday during the consultative security meeting on herders/farmers crisis at the multipurpose hall of the Nigeria Union of Teachers….
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God, people, cornerstone of our policies, says Obaseki
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed that God and the people were the pillars of his government, which he said was doing better than distributing funds to a few cronies, because of his commitment to development.
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Senate laments slow pace of work on Lagos-lbadan road, others
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The contractor handling the reconstruction of the Lagos-lbadan Express Way, Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria Limited yesterday disclosed that the project would be delivered in 2021.
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NHRC probes alleged killing of 492 Shiites
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has confirmed that it is looking into the alleged illegal killing of 492 Shiites by the army and the police between 2014 and 2018.
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Rohr arrives as camp opens today in Asaba
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr is expected to arrive in Asaba alongside some of his players to prepare for this weekend’s African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg, the team’s Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye has revealed.
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NFF, firm collaborate on football development
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
If things worked according to the projection of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and GTI Capital Group, football would soon become a major contributor to the national gross domestic product.
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Army takes Operation Crocodile Smile III to market, streets in Delta
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Nigerian Army has taken the Operation Crocodile Smile III exercise in Delta State to the popular Effurun Market and some major roads in Uvwie Local Councilof the state on environmental sanitation mission.
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Senate condemns Buhari’s blame-game on budget delay
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Senate has condemned the shifting of blames to the National Assembly over delay in passing the national budget every year.In a statement yesterday by its Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, the upper legislative chamber advised the Presidency to desist from playing politics with sensitive issues….
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Ronaldo keeps Juve flying high with ‘important’ win over AC Milan
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Juventus bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat by Manchester United with a 2-0 win over 10-man AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday, as Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty before being sent off for the hosts.
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Oil firm seeks implementation of Factory Act
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
An indigenous firm, African Oilfield Services Company (AOS Orwell) has called for the implementation of the Factory Act to reduce accidents in the oil and gas industry in the country.
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KEDCO assures consumers of adequate power supply
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Managing director of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Dr. Jamilu Gwamna, has disclosed efforts to ensure adequate electricity supply to consumers in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states, particularly at the yuletide.
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Liberia’s ex-president Sirleaf, Bardill, others for WISCAR summit in Lagos
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The immediate past President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, would be the keynote speaker atthe 2018 yearly leadership and mentoring conference of the Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR) scheduled to hold on Saturday November 24, 2018 at The MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos by 9am.
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Assessing APC’s cynical electoral road map to Southeast
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
With the controversies and confusion trailing the nomination of candidates for its lone star state of Imo, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has manifested some kind of unserious approach towards its aspiration to win the South East geopolitical zone.
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Governor Okowa, fix Warri roads
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Warri, a one-time beautiful and bustling city, has become a laughing stock. The city has been severely scoffed at several fora as a place where people appreciate talk more than physical development.
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Experts urge environmental protection
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Environmental experts have called for increased efforts geared towards public awareness on the dangers of poor environmental management systems in the country.
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Tsitsipas is Next Generation champion as ATP Finals commence
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The tennis world has shifted attention to London, just as the Next Gen tournament ended in Milano, where Greek star, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Australia’s hopeful, Alex De Minaur in the finals. For Roger Federer, it is an aspiration to a seventh end of year title, which would also take his career tally to 100.
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