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The Police in Borno State on Wednesday warned political parties to restrict the hoisting of their party flags to their secretariat.

In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Gideon Jibrin, the hoisting of political parties flags at median of roads and roundabouts, and other public places remain outlawed.

He asked political parties to restrict the hoisting of their flags to their secretariats and also desist from hoisting them at public structures.

Jubrin lamented that the indiscriminate hoisting of parties flags has seriously “defaced” all the roads and streets of Maiduguri metropolis, the state capital.

The police spokesman, who called  affected political parties to remove such flags from the roads and streets immediately, warned that: “Whoever is found defacing the environment will be arrested for possible prosecution.”

The statement further read: “This manner of politicking is not a good dimension to emulate. It is good to introduce certain measures that can make our democracy work and not to litter everywhere with flags of political parties.

“This is an era for political parties to demonstrate their popularity and sell their candidates to the citizenry in the state, but this should be done with decorum, decency and maturity.”

He reminded the political parties that: “It is pertinent to note that flag is not the same as posters. It is a symbol of a political party like the Nigerian green white green flag hoisted in Government Offices/Establishment. Politicians should therefore hoist their flags only in their offices and secretariats.”

He said: “Henceforth, hoisting of parties’ flags everywhere in the state will no longer be tolerated. Politicians who are in this habit should desist from it and also warn their party members to remove such flags from the roads/streets within the metropolis, and whoever is found defacing the environment will be arrested for possible prosecution.”

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Against the directive by the Federal Government that all primary and secondary (public and private) schools remain close till October 13, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, an Indian School in Lagos has remained opened.

According to one of the parents of a student in the school who pleaded anonymity, the school authority is not ready to adhere to the directive and has remained opened till date.

Aside remaining opened, he said the school which has more than 2000 students are not taking any measure to prevent the Ebola virus.

“All toilets are dirty, there is no temperature taken of students and there are exams are going so students are forced to go school otherwise they will miss their exams or tests.”

“My request is please help us to shut down the school so we can protect our children and they should follow the order of federal government of Nigeria,” he said.

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The 480 soldiers who fled into the Cameroonian Territory following a heavy battle with the Boko Haram sect has explained the reason for their action.

The soldiers, according to Agence France Presse (AFP), who spoke through a junior officer acting as their proxy, said his colleague who spoke with him from Cameroon claimed that they fled after running out of ammunition.

He added that the soldier also spoke of the troops facing well-armed Islamic fighters. It said the officer insisted on anonymity since he was not authorised to speak.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), in a report quoting Cameroon’s Army spokesman Didier Badjek on Monday, said Nigerian troops fled but the DHQ denied the claim, saying the soldiers strayed into Cameroon in a “tactical manoeuvre”

Yesterday, AFP said Basuma Muhammed, a resident of Gamboru-Ngala, in Borno State told it that soldiers joined hundreds of civilians who fled into Cameroon.

Initially, the soldiers were able to repel an attack by Boko Haram, killing many of their fighters, Muhammed said, adding: “But hours after the attack, a bigger number of the Boko Haram gunmen arrived from the other side of the town and engaged the soldiers who could not stand their superior force and had to join us in running into Cameroon.”

The defence headquarters statement said the soldiers had performed a “tactical maneuvre” when they found themselves in Cameroon.

The soldiers are back, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said yesterday, adding that they are in “high spirits with all their weapons and equipment intact.”

It however emerged that the military has commenced the probe of their action.

On its twitter handle, DHQ said: “The Defence Headquarters has confirmed that troops who returned from Cameroon were today addressed by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Maj.-Gen. Zaruwa as they embark on another mission in the Counter Terrorism campaign. All the soldiers are in high spirits with all their weapons and equipment intact.”

It was gathered yesterday from a top military source that the soldiers traversed Nigeria-Cameroon borders throughout the night and arrived in Mubi, Adamawa State, at about midday.

The source said: “The soldiers have arrived safely in Mubi. Preliminary findings confirmed that they were all hale and hearty. There was no evidence of being hurt.

“The Nigerian Army has however started the process of debriefing the soldiers as part of the ongoing probe of how they crossed into Cameroon.

“The debriefing will involve their commander and other ranks to know what transpired between them and Boko Haram insurgents.

“This is a normal military tradition in order to guide military authorities on the next step.”

Responding to a question, the highly-placed source said: “The military is weighing options on whether to reintegrate these soldiers into their battalion or unit or allow the outcome of the debriefing to determine their fate.

“The military is being careful in managing the situation to avoid any decision which could lead to spiral effect in the Army. It is too early to judge the soldiers as guilty or not. A team is handling the debriefing of the 480 soldiers.”

Another source said: “The soldiers meandered through the volatile security challenges from Cameroon to Mubi. If you are familiar with the route, Mubi, Michika and Madagali are along the same axis.

“But each of the towns has border links with Cameroon making them vulnerable to attacks by Boko Haram.”

There were indications last night that the soldiers risk a two-year jail term if found guilty of violating the Armed Forces Act.

Their debriefing will confirm whether they breached Sections 60, 61 and 62 of the Armed Forces Act.

While sections 60 and 61 have to do with desertion, Section 62 prescribes punishment for “failure to perform duties.”

The sections provides  for jail term of not exceeding two years.

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Former Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Jack Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has joined other prominent Nigerians to extoll Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere for his rare life of service and humility.

General Gowon made this statement on his arrival at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Owerri yesterday.

The former Head of State who was stunned by the humble character put up by Prince Madumere could not help passing a comment commending Imo Deputy Governor for his simplicity.

Prince Madumere who had gone on behalf of the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to receive the former Head of State, Gen. Jack Yakubu Gowon, who was the Guest Lecturer of  the 54th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association, Prince Madumere in his manne decided to handle the protocol and he took time to introduce all.

Former Nigeria’s Head of State could not understand such humility where a Deputy Governor could be so simple to the chagrin  of all.

Gen Yakubu in appreciation of such rare character, he said; ” “You are the Deputy Governor and you didn’t act like one. You didn’t stand back to be introduced to me by another person, rather you took up the service of being the one to introduce others to me. What a   simple man this is!”

It may be recalled similar remarks have been variously made by numerous leaders including the Governor of Imo state , Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, Archbishop Benneth Okoro and host of others.

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By SaharaReporters

About 480 government soldiers, who had previously fled into Cameroon after heavy fighting with Boko Haram insurgents are currently being repatriated to Nigeria by Cameroonian Authorities.

As previously reported by an AP news article, civilians fleeing into Cameroon gave accounts of being joined by Nigerian soldiers who were retreating from heavy fighting with Boko Haram insurgents in the border town of Gamboru.

The Nigerian army had previously referred to the unscheduled arrival of 480 Nigerian troops into Cameroonian soil as a “tactical maneuver”.

See Also Defence Headquarter Says Soldiers Desertion to Cameroon is a Tactical ManeuverA SaharaReporters source has revealed that’s the troops re entered Nigeria on a longer route through Adamawa state, rather than Borno state, after being transported in a long convoy under tight security escort.

The source said a long convoy transporting the troops entered Nigeria through a longer route from Adamawa state, rather than Borno state, and will soon join their units to continue operations against the Boko Haram militant fighters.

A security source based in the Maidugiri had previously informed SaharaReporters that Boko Haram sought to control the expansive areas of the Gamboru-Ngala for the strategic location and vibrant commercial infrastructure conducive for establishment of an Islamic caliphate.

Despite Nigeria’s government’s imposition of a State of Emergency in the Northeatern state of Borno late last year, Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in many areas of the region with hi-profile activities including successfully capturing the Gwoza Training camp of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force (PMF) last week and several army barracks and police installations, and towns.

Boko Haram has also successfully conducted cross border raids into neighboring Cameroon including the highly publicized kidnapping of the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata in late July.

The group has increasingly developed a violent nature in its operations since the killing of its founding leader, Mohammed Younus, in 2009.

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu remains a friend and a brother despite his defection to the People Democratic Party (PDP).

Ribadu had last week announced his resignation from the APC and his decision to seek the governorship of Adamawa State on the ticket of the PDP.

In a tweet earlier today, Mr. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and the main financier of the APC, said he wished his former political associate luck with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Using his twitter handle, @asiwajutinubu, Mr. Tinubu wrote, “Ribadu remains a friend & brother. He is matured (sic). He remains one who believes in liberty, justice and service. I wish him LUCK with GOODLUCK.”

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Nigeria has successfully reduced the number of Ebola cases in the country to one, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.

The minister in a press conference on Tuesday said since the confirmation of the outbreak of the deadly disease in July, the country has been able to manage the disease to only one, down from the 13 cases the country confirmed few days ago.

The statement by the minister reads:

Press Briefing By The Minister Of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu; Update On The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) In Nigeria As Of Tuesday August, 26th, 2014

Today is the 38th day since the Ebola Virus Disease was imported into Nigeria by a Liberian-American.

As of today, 26th August, 2014, Nigeria has had thirteen (13) cases of EVD including the index case.

Of these thirteen (13), five (5), including the index case unfortunately did not survive the disease and are now late.

However, seven (7) of the infected persons were successfully managed at the Isolation ward in Lagos and have been discharged home.

Two (2) of treated patients, a male doctor and a female nurse were discharged yesterday evening, 25th August, 2014, having satisfied the criteria for discharge.

As I speak to you, Nigeria has only one confirmed case of EVD, a secondary contact of Mr. Patrick Sawyer’s and spouse of one of the physicians who participated in the management of the index case. She is stable but still on treatment at the Isolation ward in Lagos.

So far, all the reported cases of the EVD in Nigeria have their root in the index case, the late Mr. Patrick Sawyer. This is an indication that, thus far, Nigeria has contained the disease outbreak.

I wish to reassure Nigerians and indeed the global community that the Government shall remain vigilant and will not relent as Government continues to work with her partners to ensure that the disease is kept out of the country.

Thank you.

 

Dan Nwomeh

Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister

Federal Ministry of Health

1st Floor, Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase III

Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja

08033236501, 07054658028

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The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, has been impeached.
Mr. Onyebuchi was removed from office Tuesday by the State House of Assembly, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

The assembly accused the embattled deputy governor of disobeying Governor Sullivan Chime on several occasions and allegedly operating a commercial poultry at his official residence.

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Residents of Adamawa State town Madagali yesterday said Boko Haram insurgents told them to defy the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government.

Acting Governor Umar Fintiri on Sunday announced the curfew  after Boko Haram’s fighters invaded the town, which is close to the boundary with Borno town Gwoza, seized by the insurgents.

Residents said the insurgents, who are moving freely in the town, brandishing their guns, asked them to continue with their normal businesses, without fear of attack.

‘’They asked us to ignore the 24 hours curfew, promising not to attack us. They (Boko Haram) told us that they are not after us now; rather, they are pursuing troops being deployed,’’ said a resident of the town who pleaded for anonymity.

A source who spoke to reporters on the telephone said even those who were able to cross the mountain to Cameroon were feared to have been arrested by Cameroun gendarmes.

‘’Many residents are now on the hilltops, while those that were able to cross to Cameroon are reported to have been arrested by Cameroun security operatives.

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