Team Nigeria has won its first medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Latifat Tijani lifted 106kg to win silver in the women’s 45kg powerlifting event.
The Nigerian lifter had made a bright start, entering the competition with 101kg and breaking the existing Paralympics record. But her record was short-lived, as China’s Dandan Hu set a new one of 102.
Both lifters entered into a more interesting contest, but the Chinese had the upper hand, setting a new World and Paralympics record with 107.0 to finish tops
Indonesia’s search and rescue teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet detected pings in their efforts to find the black box flight recorders on Friday, an official said, 12 days after the plane went missing with 162 people on board.
An Indonesian search vessel had earlier detected the pings, said Gen. Moeldoko, the head of Indonesia’s armed forces.
He was speaking on board the ship that is being used as a base for divers trying to raise the tail of the AirAsia plane, which went down in the Java Sea on December 28 with 162 people on board.
But there is also caution surrounding the possible pings, because the sound could be emanating from other sources. In the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, several signals raised hopes of locating the missing plane, but proved to be false leads.
The pings were heard near where the plane’s tail was found. Officials say the black box could have been separated from the rear part of the plane.
Batteries that send out the pings last 30 days. It has been 13 days since the AirAsia plane fell into the sea.
The head of the search and rescue agency, Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, said he assumed the flight recorders were still in the tail and that reports they had separated had yet to be confirmed.
“The divers are tying the tail with straps and then we will try (to lift it) two ways – floating balloons combined with cranes, so that the tail sector wouldn’t be damaged,” he told reporters. “Because we assume the black box is in the tail sector.”
He said two bodies had been found still attached to their seats, with local television reporting that one of the recovered seats was from the cockpit. “Looking for victims is still our main priority besides the black box,” he said.
Relatives of the victims have urged authorities to make finding the remains of their loved ones the priority.
The vast majority of the people on the plane were Indonesian. There were also citizens of Great Britain, France, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.
A total of 48 bodies have so far been recovered from the sea, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said Friday. Some of the bodies have been found still strapped into seats.
Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, on Wednesday night, attacked some communities in Adamawa State, including Kirchinga district, Michika, Shuwari and Shuwa.
The attack was the second in the week, following an attack on a Federal Government College in Yobe State, which led to the death of over 20 students and the destruction of the school.
In Adamawa, witnesses disclosed that the suspected terrorists gained access to Kirchinga district through the Sambisa forest and killed several settlers in Shuwari and Shuwa communities of Madagali Local Government Areas before attacking shops, residential houses and the First bank in Michika town.
Three catholic churches were set ablaze as well as a primary school in Shuwari town.
Apart from the three catholic churches burnt by the insurgents, the Saint Joseph Minor Seminary, Shuwa was also set ablaze as the catholic priest and students of the school ran for their safety.
The insurgents also destroyed the maternity health centre in Shuwa after taking away medical equipment of the hospital.
“Several cars and motor cycles were seized from people as innocent ones were killed while houses and shops were destroyed as well as confiscation of food items during the attack on the communities,” witnesses said.
Security officials are yet to confirm the incident but witnesses said military aircraft is presently hovering around the areas attacked by the hoodlums as several inhabitants are scattered in the bush.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday night addressed issues of security during a national broadcast focusing on the Centenary celebrations.
He commiserated with families of the slain students in Yobe and assured the nation that Government “will continue to do everything possible to eradicate the scourge of terrorism” from the country.
The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Rotimi Fashakin, on Wednesday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to vacate his office for not being able to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed the lives of thousands of Nigerians.
“The security of this nation falls squarely on the laps of Mr President and if he’s not able to do it he should resign like Melvin Chamberlain, a prime minister of Great Britain in 1940, when he found out that he didn’t have the wherewithal to solve Britain’s problems during the Second World War.”
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Fashakin said: “Let the president resign; he has failed.”
There had been a renewed public outcry against the killing of over several students in a government school in Yobe State. Addressing this, Fashakin said: “It’s a sober moment for us as Nigerians that we are facing a very dire situation as this.”
He further commented that “we have never faced anything that threatened the security of Nigeria as much as this, even when we were under that 30 month old civil war.”
“It makes one’s heart to bleed indeed when you look at the innocent lives, including those of the soldiers that are unnecessarily wasted.
“You need to understand clearly that this is very unfortunate indeed.
The security situation in the country, he said, “calls for the entire management of our security to be looked at in a very wholistic manner.”
Fashakin expressed doubt that President Jonathan had shown “enough capacity at handling the humongous security challenge that we have in this country.” “He seems to have tried everything in the books and they don’t seem to be working from him.”
He stressed that there is lid above the president’s capacity to solve the problem. “If you don’t have it, you don’t have it.”
Asked what his suggestion was he said “Let the president resign; he has failed.”
He buttressed his position, saying that, “one key thing that we must not lose sight of is the fact that, for a war like this, intelligence and intelligence gathering is key to winning the war. When you have the security apparatus gathering intelligence used for mundane things as harassing citizens all over the place, rather than going after the people that are real threats to the nation; it shows you that we have gotten everything muddled up.”
He hinted that the SSS, which is supposed to be at the fore-front of gathering intelligence, is not doing its job. “If they are, we shouldn’t be where we are.”
While calling on the government and political parties to keep politics out of the security issue, he spoke on Borno Governor’s comments on the fight against the insurgency and lauded the governor’s courage to “tell it all.”
Fashakin further lashed out at “spin doctors in Aso Rock” including Doyin Okupe for their caustic reply to the governor.
Asked if the Governor of Borno State should also resign, Fashakin argued that “security is on the exclusive list. It’s strictly the problem of the Federal Government.”
“The security of this nation falls squarely on the laps of Mr President and if he’s not able to do it he should resign
On the call that sole military administrators should take control in the troubled states, Fashakin stressed that a State of Emergency was already in effect in said states.
“There is basically no sacrifice that is too much to ensure that Nigerians everywhere can sleep with two eyes closed,” he said.
The Federal Government Tuesday denied reports of a significant drop in the country’s power supply.
The Presidential Taskforce on Power (PTFP) stated that the country’s power system only experienced a partial system disturbance, although, it did not disclose the nature of disturbance.
According to a statement from the media adviser to the chairman of PTFP, Mr. Ikeogu Oke, in Abuja, the government admitted that there was a system disturbance which occurred on September 7, 2012 but that it was only temporary and was quickly taken care of to forestall further damage.
He added that the country retained a peak generation of 4,077MW on the same day.
Oke equally stated that there is no vacuum of capable leadership in the Ministry of Power or its complementary PTFP.
Meanwhile, the government has restated its commitment to the successful implementation of the power sector reforms towards achieving improved electricity supply in the country.
Speaking in Lagos Tuesday at the inauguration of the Ikeja Forum for Electricity Consumers, the Minister of State for Power, Mr.Darius Ishaku, stated that the main agenda of the power reform was to provide adequate, reliable and affordable power supply to Nigerians.
He noted that the success recorded so far in power generation was beyond the contribution of any individual and assured that the Federal Government would build on the improvement recorded in electricity supply.
According to him, electricity supply across the country hovers around 4,300megawatts.
On the £2million pension fund of the workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), discovered to have been lodged in Barclays Bank for about 21 years, the minister said the discovery would boost the ongoing negotiation between the workers and the Federal Government.
The minister stated that the Ikeja Forum would help to curb litigations in the power sector and advised consumers to make use of the forum before resorting to other more complicated and more expensive mechanisms of conflict resolutions.
Lagos State Governor Raji Fashola said he supported the intent of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 but added that there were modifications he would have suggested.
He stated that the establishment of a customer forum was the most important provision of the Act.
Fashola noted that power supply was the gateway for the country’s journey from poverty to prosperity.
“The importance of power supply underscores our creation of the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the first time in the State’s 45-year history,” he said.