Curfew Reviewed Again In Yobe

Military operatives of the 3 Division Special Operations Battalion, Damaturu, in Yobe State have again reviewed curfew time across the state.

A statement made available to Newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital, by the military spokesman, Captain Eli Lazarus indicates that restriction of movement is now from the hours of 10:00PM to 6:00AM daily across the state.

Before the statement made on Monday, Damaturu residents were restricted from the hours of 6:00PM to 6:00AM daily, sequel to attack on Damaturu the state capital by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

It is the second time that the curfew would be reviewed in the month of November, after the military authorities on November 1 reviewed the curfew from the initial hours of 4:00 PM to 7:00 AM daily to 6:00PM to 6:00 AM daily.

The military originally started with a 24 hour curfew immediately after the October 24 attack.

The latest Army statement also called on residents in all 17 Local Government areas of the state to accord security agents the needed support geared towards the restoration of peace in the state.

Man United vs. Arsenal: Szczesny Targets Victory

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said that he is looking forward to end the week on a high with a victory over Manchester United at the weekend.

Arsenal, after losing to Chelsea in the League Cup seemed to be heading for a downward slide in their recent blistering form. However, they have bounced back with wins over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund to put them in a strong position in both the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

Another stern test beckons for the Gunners, as they will face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Although this United team will be without the famous Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, but they still represent a significant threat to the Gunners’ title ambition.

David Moyes has managed to overcome a poor start to the campaign to guide the club to 8 matches without a defeat, after coming under a lot of criticism for his poor displays at the start of this season.

Szczesny has said in an interview with Sky Sport “We are looking forward to Sunday now and we will be trying to make it a perfect week for us.

“There is not a better time for us to go to Old Trafford. We are very confident and enjoying our football, so we are looking forward to it.”

Arsenal have been previously criticised for not being defensively sound in the big matches, while they also appeared to lack resilience.

They have shown in the last two matches that they appear to be finding the balance that is required to win titles. They have kept clean sheets in the last two matches and Szczesny is looking forward to more of the same against United.

Police Ban Gatherings At Airports

The Nigerian Police has banned gatherings, receptions and carnivals at airports across the country.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, explained that the ban is part of a deliberate effort to avert any security breach and protect critical infrastructure, travellers and airport staff.

The police authorities have directed all airport command commissioners and state commissioners of police hosting the airports to ensure compliance with the directive.

This order is coming after the supporters of Rivers State Governor; Rotimi Amaechi forced their way onto the tarmac of the Port Harcourt International Airport during the visit of APC leaders to Port Harcourt on Tuesday, an act seen as a security breach.

Obi Gives N3b Cheque For Pensioners And Schools Upgrade

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, has presented a cheque of over 1.2 billion Naira to pensioners in his state.

Held at the Women Development Centre, Awka, the event which also coincided with the official launch of the State Education Programme Implementation Investment Project, SEPIP, by the World Bank had several pensioners in attendance.

Speaking to the audience, the State Commissioner for Local Government shared the Government’s operations towards delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

Governor Peter Obi then presented a cheque of 1,244,137,696.83 Naira to the pensioners and an additional cheque to 150 public and private schools for infrastructural upgrade in the State Education Programme Implementation Investment Project, SEPIP.

The World Bank project targets the promotion of quality education especially in the core subjects like sciences and mathematics. The World Bank Country Director after being taken on a project inspection tour spoke more about the essence of the project.

“We need people who are good mathematicians, we need people who can do Computer Science, we need people who can read English, because it is a common language that is used everywhere. So in these critical subjects, we want to see that you are the best.”

The World Bank expressed optimism that the Anambra State Government’s approach of giving funds directly to the schools will promote accountability by entrusting the school management with the responsibility of delivering on targeted goals.

Reps Summon I.G. Over G7 Govs’ Meeting

The House of Representatives has summoned the Inspector-General of Police over the actions of police officers in disrupting the meeting of 7 governors and members of the National Assembly in Abuja.

In what has been described as impunity and disregard for the constitution, the lawmakers expressed dismay at the actions of the Nigerian Police in disregarding the immunity of the governors under the constitution.

In a motion supported by 61 lawmakers, and moved by Idris Kutigi, the lawmakers said police authorities have in recent times disrupted several meetings of these governors by sealing the meeting venues.

“On Sunday November 3, 2013 when the G-7 governors and members of the National Assembly were holding a meeting at the Kano State Government Lodge, Asokoro, the Divisional Police Officer, Asokoro Division stormed the lodge midway into the meeting with instruction from the villa to disperse or arrest the governors if they refuse to stop the meeting.”

The House has mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the matter and report back in 2 weeks.

Amaechi Barred From Accessing Port Harcourt Airport

Supporters of the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi had to barge their way into the Port Harcourt International Airport, with the governor in tow, after the police allegedly stopped him from gaining access into the airport.

Governor Amaechi was on his way to the airport to welcome leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who were in Port Harcourt to pay him a solidarity visit and also invite him to join their party, when the incident happened.

The crowd of supporters subsequently forced their way through the airport gate and carried the Governor along with them.

The Rivers State Governor however had to walk some 5 kilometers from the gate to the tarmac.

The police claim that they were only trying to maintain law and order.

 

FAAN Condemns Amaechi’s Reaction

Meanwhile, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has condemned what it calls the invasion of the Port Harcourt International Airport by Governor Amaechi and his supporters.

The Coordinating General Manager, Public Relations of FAAN, Mister Yaqub Datti said the airport area is a security zone and not a place to play politics, and advised against such recurrence in future.

He also alleged that the incident forced an Arik flight to divert to a neighbouring state for landing, as the pilot considered it unsafe to land at that time when the supporters of the Rivers Governor had invaded the airport.

Boko Haram Could Be War Criminals – UN

The United Nations Human Rights Office has warned that the Boko Haram sect could be classed as war criminals, as it condemns a bloody attack on a wedding convoy.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cecile Pouilly, said members of Boko Haram and other groups and entities, if judged to have committed widespread or systematic attacks against a civilian population could be guilty of crimes against humanity.

Pouilly called the wedding convoy attack atrocious and condemned Boko Haram’s campaign of attacks against civilians, politicians, members of government institutions, foreigners and the security forces.

Besides condemning the sect’s bloody campaign, human rights groups have also slammed government troops for killing civilians and for other violations in the battle zone.

Pouilly added that the UN is following up closely with the Nigerian authorities’ allegations of abuses and human rights violations which may have been committed by security forces when conducting operations.

She noted that the Nigerian military is in the process of finalizing a report on people detained in connection with the insurgency, and urges the government to disclose its findings.

Boko Haram: Committee Submits Report To Jonathan

The Presidential Committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to dialogue with the Boko Haram dreaded sect has submitted its report to the President.

The committee which had spent 7 months travelling round Northern Nigeria trying to get the leaders of the sect to stop their widely condemned act admitted that the leadership of the insurgent group refused to have any dialogue with them despite all their efforts.

Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Turaki said, “Some of our difficulties in having a productive dialogue include the refusal of their leaders to submit to dialogue. However, many of the key members of the insurgents both in detention and at large have positively responded to contacts and have accepted the dialogue option as capable of full resolution of the conflict.”

It was in this vain that the committee recommended that the President should set up an advisory committee on continuous dialogue to continue from where they stopped.

Receiving the report, President Jonathan said that Government will look into all the recommendations, promising to set up a committee to follow up on the dialogue.

The president however told them that government will rather provide assistance to the victims of the attacks rather than compensations.

Following Boko Haram attacks and the attendant insecurity in the land, Nigeria’s President had in April 2013 set up the committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the North.

Although the committee is winding up, President Jonathan has said that the Nigerian Government remains open to dialogue.

G-7 Govs Plane Stopped From Landing

Drama played out on Monday, November 4 as the plan by the aggrieved G-7 PDP Governors to attend a solidarity rally at the Rivers State Governor’s Office could not materialize because they were allegedly stopped from landing at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The Chief Of Staff to Rivers Governor, Mister Peter Okocha said the Government was told by airport authorities that the airspace had been closed due to the presence of a very important dignitary.

The governors who have given the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP conditions to remain as members of the party, had planned a rally where they would explain their next plan of action to their supporters but could not carry out the campaign.

The G-7 Governors are those of Rivers, Niger, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara, Adamawa and Sokoto States.

 

FAAN Denies Allegation 

Aviation authorities have however vehemently refuted the allegation by the G-7 Governors, with the Coordinating General Manager, Public Relations, for the Aviation Ministry, Mister Yakubu Datti, describing it as a malicious lie.

Mr. Datti insisted that the agencies in-charge of the airspace did not and could not have given such a directive.

He cautioned politicians not to drag the ministry into any political dispute, maintaining that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, is a professional body and would therefore not like to join issues on political matters.

APC Leaders Storm Port Harcourt To Woo Amaechi

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC have thrown an open invitation to the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and the people of Rivers State to join and support the party.

The political rally was held at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital, despite the earlier challenges.

The APC delegation included Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, Former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande, National Secretary, Lai Muhamed, as well as the National Vice-Chairman South-South (APC) and Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi.

Thousands of Amaechi supporters, members of the National Assembly and chairmen of all Local Government Areas of the state also thronged the rally, singing his praise and reaffirming their support for the embattled governor. The leader of the state’s chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Chimbiko Akarolo in his speech, declared the councils’ support for Amaechi, saying “Wherever he goes, that is where we are going to go”.

Taking turns to address the crowd, the APC leaders showered encomiums on the Rivers State Governor. National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande commended his courage and brilliance while Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, refered to him as a visionary who has performed extremely well in fighting for the rights of his people. He said “a man who stands to be cheated is not a man but a pig”

Speaking further on the validity of his party’s proposition, he encouraged Governor Amaechi to consider the APC’s offer saying “this is a mission to rescue Nigeria from polarization, division, intimidation and oppression.”

Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi on his part eulogized the values of the All Progressives Congress as the better option for Amaechi. He claimed that the APC provides ‘balance of power’ and an alternative platform for Nigerians.

The event climaxed with the anticipated response by Governor Rotimi Amaechi who delivered his speech amidst intermittent singing and dancing.

The visibly excited Amaechi said to the APC leaders “If I say I am not happy that you are, I am only lying”. He went on to condemn the activities of his political opponents and the many accusations against him and his administration.

Recounting his administration’s achievements and emphasizing his popularity among the masses, he dismissed threats to unseat him and called on the citizens of Rivers State to confront the Nigerian Police and end impunity.

Amechi who has long been suspended from the People’s Democratic Party alongside 6 other Governors promised that he would embark on consultations with his fellow G7 Governors, the APC leaders and the Nigerian President before responding to APC’s request to join the party.

PDP Crisis: G-7 Governors Meet With Obasanjo

The G-7 Governors have met With Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

It was gathered that the closed-door meeting, which lasted for about 2 hours, was part of the on-going consultations to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

The governors, led by the Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliu told journalists that they were in Abeokuta to keep the former president informed about the latest development on the crisis.

He said “This is part of the consultation, more so that we are coming to the resolution of the matters.”

“We’ve been discussing with the President, discussing about these matters and we believe after the lull of the pilgrimages, we are all back. So we needed to consult again to find out if there is any variable that have intervened and we are very happy that things are going normal.”

At the meeting were the governors of Rivers, Niger, Kano, Adamawa and Jigawa States. Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State were both conspicuously absent.

Anambra University Renamed After Ojukwu

Anambra State University in Uli has been renamed after the Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in celebration of his 80th posthumous birthday. 

The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, announced the renaming in a live broadcast on the television station of the Anambra Broadcasting Service.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to restoring standards which demand a simultaneous transformation of all sectors and the recognition of role models.

He urged the people of Anambra State to continue to seek ways of making the state a great one.

Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician. He served as the Military Governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966.

He was the leader of the unsuccessful breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a Nigerian politician from 1983 until he died on November 26, 2011, aged 78.