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The Inspector General of Police has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the police personnel attached t the speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Tanbuwal.

The IG order was contained in a brief statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu.

According to the statement, the order is in respect of the recent defection of the speaker from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“In view of the recent defection by the Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tanbuwal, CFR, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC), and having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office,” the statement said.
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President Goodlcuk Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, have finally resolved their differences after nearly a year of bitter relations, Premium Times is reporting.

Both men met in Abuja on Thursday and reconciled differences that once drove both men to the extremes of their offices.

Sanusi fell into the bad books of the president he raised an accusation that the government diverted $20 billion oil revenues from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The government denied the claim, and in turn, fired Sanusi who then was he Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), accusing him (Sanusi) of “financial recklessness”.

The fractured relation got to its peak when Mr. Sanusi was appointed the Emir of Kano in June, assuming one of the most powerful traditional stools in Nigeria.

But the president who was opposed to his emergence ordered the blockade of the Emir’s palace in Kano for days before it was lifted.

Both men met for the first time after the battle of wits in June, during the breaking of the Muslim fast, a yearly routine in which the president meets top government officials who are Muslims and other prominent Islamic leaders in the country. The Emir was said to have initiated a peace move that culminated in the meeting.

To further cement that success reached at the meeting, the two men met again on Thursday essentially for reconciliation, Premium Times source said.

The president was said to have urged peace, and announced that he had nothing against the emir and that he had forgotten everything that happened.

In return, Mr. Sanusi also preached peace saying he too had let go of the past.

The president and the emir later met privately for about 15 minutes, according to Premium Times sources.

Mr. Sanusi and his entourage left for Kano shortly after, and were on their way to the Abuja airport at the time of this report.

The emir was accompanied to the meeting by all senior members of the Kano Emirate council, while Vice President Namadi Sambo, the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali also attended the meeting.

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has dispelled rumours that he intends to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) soon. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s absence at the party’s Special Convention Wednesday was noticed by many, giving life to the speculations.

The APC presidential aspirant took to Twitter to explain the reason for his absence from the Special Convention.

“I was scheduled to return to Nigeria yesterday from a quick business trip abroad, but could not, due to last minute logistics changes,” he said.

“This is why I couldn’t attend the APC Special Convention. Apologies to leaders & supporters of our great party, who were expecting me,” Atiku added.

He is in the race alongside former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, and Kano state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, for the ticket to fly the party’s flag in the 2015 presidential election.

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After initially releasing a list of 38 individuals and groups who contributed funds to enable President Goodluck Jonathan purchase the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), nomination form for the 2015 election, the presidency has added six more names to the initial list, bringing the total to 44.

The amount donated also rose from N98.165m to N99.915m following the contributions of the six persons newly listed.

The president is expected to pick the nomination form at the party’s secretariat in Abuja today.

See list:

1.      Mr. Kennedy Ikenna Odoeme – N5, 000

2.    Mr Ezemagu Sunday Nnamdi – N10, 000

3.    PDP Governors – N22 Million

4.    Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria  (TAN) – N22m

5.     Ogbia LGA Stakeholders, Bayelsa state – N5m

6.    Otuoke Community Stakeholders – N2m

7.     Brass LGA Stakeholders, Bayelsa state – N50, 000

8.    Bayelsa State PDP Stakeholders- N5m

9.    Northern Youth Forum – N2m

10. Central Market Traders Union, Kaduna State – N1m

11.  PDP Stakeholders, Zaria LGA – N500, 000

12.PDP Stakeholders, Yobe State – N500, 000

13.PDP Stakeholders, Kaduna State- N2m

14. Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore – N5m

15. Goodluck Support Group, Gombe State – N1m

16. Adamawa State PDP Stakeholders – N3m

17.  Ebonyi State PDP Stakeholders- N2m

18.Kogi State PDP Stakeholders – N5m

19. Rivers State PDP Stakeholders – N5m

20. The 2015 Project – N1m

21. Team Goodluck, Ondo North Senatorial District – N5m

22. Middle Belt PDP Women Support  Group for GEJ 2015 – N500, 000

23. King David Generation Foundation, Jos – N200, 000

24. Behwong Weneng Yere Duk, Jos – N200,000

25. Redemption 3 Youth Organization, Plateau State – N500, 000

26. Plateau State Indigenes Association, Abuja – N300,000

27. Gombe Youth United for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan 2015 – N500, 000

28. Gombe Youth Vanguard for PDP- N500, 000

29. Yamahu/Deba Goodluck Support Group – N200, 000

30. Coalition of Gombe Support Groups for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – N2m

31. Hinna Youth Coalition for Goodluck – N500, 000

32. Nigerian Women Pray for Jonathan – N1m

33. National Association of Widows – N100, 000

34. National Council of Women Societies – N500, 000

35. Female members of the PDP Board of Trustees – N500,000

36. Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities – N100,000

37. National Association of Market Women – N500, 000

38. Community Awareness and Development Network – N1 m

39. Presidential View And Endorsement Platform -N200,000

40. Association of South East Town Unions –        N300,000

41.      Goodluck Jonathan 2015 Online Group –        250,000

42.     The Light Network for Jonathan 2015, Lagos State – N300,000

43.      Igbo Speaking Community, Lagos State         – N200,000

44.  Oghareki Graduate Association for Jonathan, Delta State – N500,000

 

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Niger Delta warlord and pardoned Militant, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo has promised to killed fiery lawyer and activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, for taking a case for a client whose name was replaced with Tompolo’s blood brother  Mr. George Ekpemupolo.

In a public petition written to the Inspector-General of Police, and the Director-General of the State Security Services, Mr. Keyamo said At exactly 10:13pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, he received a telephone call from one Mr. Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo with phone number 08027721208.

After reaffirming that he is Tompolo, Keyamo said he went straight to the point by informing him that he wishes to inform him that he and his “boys” will kill him by beating him to death or shooting him anywhere they can find him. And that the hunt for him is on.

His exact words in pidgin English was “we dey look for you. Anywhere we see you, whether for Lagos or Abuja or Warri, we go beat you die or we go shoot you.”

Read below Mr. keyamo’s letter dated Wednesday, October 29, 2014:

Dear Sirs,

THREAT TO KILL MR. FESTUS KEYAMO BY MR. GOVERNMENT EKPEMUPOLO (ALIAS TOMPOLO)

My name is Festus Keyamo. I am a Nigerian citizen and a senior member of the legal profession in Nigeria.

At exactly 10:13pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, I received a telephone call from one Mr. Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo) with phone number 08027721208. We have been acquaintances in the past, so I know his numbers. After reaffirming that he is Tompolo when I picked his call, he went straight to the point by informing me that he wishes to inform me that he and his “boys” will kill me by beating me to death or shooting me anywhere they can find me. And that the hunt for me is on. His exact words in pidgin English was “we dey look for you. Anywhere we see you, whether for Lagos or Abuja or Warri, we go beat you die or we go shoot you.”

He said he would kill me because I have decided to take up the matter involving his blood brother, Mr. George Ekpemupolo, who was used to illegally substitute another candidate, Mr. Weyinmi Omadeli (48 hours to the election) in the Warri South-West L.G.A elections that were concluded last Saturday in Delta State. He said no one has ever challenged his authority in Delta State. Kindly find attached the open letter I wrote to Governor Uduaghan of Delta State yesterday which has sparked Tompolo’s determination to kill me.

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Dozens of people were yesterday by members of the Boko Haram in Mubi, Adamawa State after the the insurgents launched a major attack in Adamawa State, capturing the commercial town.

The insurgents reportedly stormed Mubi with no less than 14 trucks, with some conveying women and children, believed to be families of some fighters.

Hundreds of residents were killed; thousands fled. The sect’s fighters hoisted their flag at the palace of the Emir of Mubi. They burned down the police station and the Mubi Prison, which was built in 1920. All the inmates were set free.

Mubi is the hometown of the CDS. It also hosts many institutions of learning. Students fled to Yola, the state capital.

According to a source, “the insurgents invaded Mubi at about 2.30pm on Wednesday. They went on the rampage, attacking 234 Army Battalion, police stations and the prison in Mubi.

“At the prison, which has a capacity of about 450 inmates, they set all the prisoners free. We did not know whether or not they got hints that some of their members were being detained there.

“While the people of Mubi were looking forward to assistance from the troops, they were nowhere to be found. There was no resistance from the troops.

“We learnt some of the troops also fled the town for fear of reprisals. You know the troops  in September reclaimed Mubi from the insurgents and they killed many Boko Haram members.”

Yesterday’s attack on Mubi came less than two weeks after military authorities announced a ceasefire with Boko Haram.

The attack also came shortly after the Nigerian troops had planned to launch a major offensive to reclaim territories captured by the sect.

A source said troops had attempted to reclaim Bazza on Tuesday evening, having repaired a bridge that was reportedly damaged by the Air Force, in order to halt the advancing Boko Haram before the ceasefire.

“After troops had entered the town, the insurgents drove in five armoured-personnel carriers and repelled them and this (yesterday) morning, they launched a counter-attack,” a soldier said.

The insurgents then moved to Mubi where they sacked a military headquarters said to be strategic to the plan by the army to retake the lost territories, while the prison in the town was breached for inmates to escape.

“We saw the prisoners escaping after the prison gate was breached by the Boko Haram members. They told people not to panic that they were only after soldiers, not civilians. At present, no single soldier is inside Mubi,” a resident said.

Another source confirmed that when the insurgents arrived, they marched along major streets in the town on motorcycles, vans and armoured vehicles, waving at residents in a triumphant gesture, an aide worker said.

“They overran the army barracks, burnt a police station and prisoners have been set free. You can hear loud voices, it is the insurgents addressing the people on the streets but we are in panic because we don’t know what will happen next,” he said.

Another source in Mubi said, “Some soldiers lost their lives, so also the insurgents but eventually the insurgents overpowered the military and took over control of the town.”

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The presidency has reportedly withdrawn the security aides attached to Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

The withdrawal of his security details may not be unconnected with his defection from the PDP which didn’t go down well with the party and the presidency.

Tambuwal formally announced his defection from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) last Tuesday.

According to report, “Early this morning, few minutes after midnight to be precise, top level security report informed the Speaker that orders have been given for the withdrawal of his security details.”

With the development, the retinue of security aides the speaker is entitled to as the number four citizen of the country in the hierarchy of protocol, which include  men from the Police, Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Security (DSS) will no longer provide protection for the speaker.

Aside the withdrawal of the security aides, the presidency is also making efforts to secure a court judgment against the speaker.

He was said to have been told that “a verdict will be entered against him by a Court in Abuja on Thursday.

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One of the issues which may not likely let Nigeria progress and reach it’s potential as a developed nation is the issue of vengeance. Almost every region or tribe in Nigeria sees its doom days as a result of marginalisation by those at the helm of the nation’s affairs that come from other region or tribe as the case may be, as if we are not capable of doing any wrong to harm ourselves.

One of our perfections is in blaming others on our failures to see beyond tribe or region. Meanwhile almost all the accusation made by the affected regions or tribes happen during military dictatorship where no region or tribe has the monopoly of power except for those who participated in the coups and had their way irrespective of the tribe and region they belong to. The story has however changed after the return of democracy in 1999 more especially with the once shoeless boy in the saddle. There are some accusation made by high profile citizen who cannot be ignored if we are to believe thay nder genuine democracy dentails fairness, transparency and justice.

I remember the words I read that was credited to Senator Joseph Kennedy Waku, during his interactive session with the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and some northern emirs sometimes ago. Senator Waku accused the then president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for harbouring anti northern Nigeria agenda. He noted that Baba Obasanjo has promised to make life difficult for northerners in such a way that many of them will join their northern counterparts begging in streets. This can easily translate to the economic hardship being experienced in the north due to the recapitalization of bank recapitalization under the Obasanjo administration by the then governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Charles Soludo which affected a lot banks, micro finances and small scale industries of northern origin. While some of them were merged, others were closed permanently and a number of jobs terminated. One may say that it was purely a professional issue, but is it not the same banks that Nigeria had to save with billions of Naira through the same recapitalization under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s era?

Similar accusation was made on Dr Goodluck Jonathan by Alhaji Tanko Yakassai during the trial period of late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua saying that, if northerners mistakenly support the emergence Mr Jonathan to be acting president then the end of northern Nigeria has come. He backed up his anti Jonathan campaign by citing example with the incident that happened in Cameroon between Paul Biya and Ahmadou Ahidjo while supporting the control of power by cabal with the issue of US president Mr. Edith Wilson who had been sick for over 9 month with his wife serving as intermediary between him and his ministers. The wish of Yakasai to stop Mr Jonathan did not see the light of day. Instead serious efforts were made by Yar’adua’s tribal men like Senator Bala Muhammad, Hon Farouk Adamu and many other patriotic pressure group to see that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is empowered as acting President. What Mr Jonathan did was returning good with evil because he never showed any form of patriotism to encourage the pressure groups nor does he ensure to deliverance of anything special for north after he got their support.

Not too long ago, an Australian negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis accused the former Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika and former Borno State Governor, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff of being the major sponsors of Boko Haram. What was to follow immediately was a certain tribe and people standing in their defence, as if this is the first time such thing is happening in Nigeria?

When late President Yar’dua initiated the Niger-Delta amnesty programme for the militants in the creek, the then Chief of Defence staff, General Andrew Azazi and some politicians were reported to be supporting the militants, which resulted in Azazi losing his job and a committee set up to investigate the allegation. Under the Jonathan administration however, nothing of such has happened despite the numerous allegations flying around.

As it is now, the once shoeless boy that got the mandate of Nigerians based on sympathy and not competence has decided to have us become homeless for the crime we know nothing about. , the person that once crossed river to go to school has not only make us to cross our state and geopolitical boundaries to attend school but rather crossing the country’s border ( to those that can afford the bills to get education and decent health care) in our neighbourhood. With thousands of internal displaced persons across the country and many at refugees camp without basic amenities, some groups are still calling for the re-election of the once shoeless boy, if I may ask what do you want him to do now? He did what he did because he need re-election, what do you expect of him if he doesn’t want our support again? Rob the little hope that remain in us? Let’s think twice.

Sabiu Zaranda

@binzaranda on twitter.

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Barely 2 hours after Abusidiqu reported that the Boko Haram insurgents group are advancing towards Mubi town in Adamawa State, after launching fresh assaults in Uba and Hildi, tow towns located between Borno and Adamawa State, the sect has entered Mubi in Adamawa State, taking over the headquarters of the 234 battalion in the town, which is one of the State’s largest, SaharaReporters said.

READ: Boko Haram Launches Fresh Attacks in Borno and Adamawa, Advances Toward Mubi Town

READ: CNN: Jonathan Cessation of Fire Probably Election Ploy, Setup To Allow Boko Haram Regroup

The sect carried out their attack on Mubi town after successfully attacking neighboring towns in an overwhelming attack that began last night.

Residents and fleeing troops told SaharaReporters that the militants arrived around noon

Nigerian troops guarding the barracks initially exchanged fire with the militants but fled after more militants arrived in the area with heavy firepower.

It would be recalled that the sect had few months ago taken over Michika and several of Adamawa’s other important towns.

The latest is coming despite claims by the government that a ceasefire negotiation is ongoing with the sect in Chad.

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