Putin Pours Fresh Scorn On Turkey For Downing Russian Jet

Russia-putinRussian President, Vladimir Putin, has launched a fresh verbal attack on Turkey over the downing of a Russian combat jet in November.

Speaking at his annual news conference, Mr Putin said the incident on the Syria-Turkey border was a “hostile act” but Russia is “not the country” to run away from confrontation.

He also said he saw “no prospect” of ties improving with Turkey.

Russia has already placed some economic sanctions on Ankara.

Russia deployed its Air Force to Syria in September, to support President Bashar al-Assad and has been carrying out airstrikes on his opponents.

Its intervention has been heavily criticised by Turkey, the US and Gulf Arab States.

Kano Anti-Corruption Commission Confiscates Government Subsidized Fertilizer 

kano-fertilizersKano State Anti-corruption Commission on Monday said it has confiscated over 7,000 bags of government subsidized fertilizer allegedly being sold above government give-away price. 

Addressing a news conference, the Commission’s Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji said the fertilizer will soon be given to farmers in line with government approved price.

Although the fertilizer has been confiscated in accordance with the commission’s rules and regulations, Magaji said money were also recovered from the sale of the fertilizer above government give-away price, as the suspects were since released on bail.

In a related development, the Commission also said it has found the Kano Road Traffic Agency guilty of extorting motorists beyond the approved laws set up by the State House of Assembly on traffic violation.

Recently, the Director General (DG) of the agency was accused of assaulting officers of the agency over the arrest of his son, who violated traffic rules, a situation which led to the resignation of the DG.

The State Anti-Corruption Commission further noted that in line with the state government’s war on corruption, no stone will be left unturned in bringing to justice corrupt government officials in the state.

Civil Society Organisations Ask INEC To Fix Card Reader Lapses

inecSome Civil Society activists have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to correct the lapses associated with the use of card reader machines before the governorship and states’ House of Assembly elections.

The society called a post-election news conference in Abuja, having observed the advantages and challenges posed by the card reader machines during the presidential elections.

They told journalists that the use of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and the card reader machines would need to be implemented more effectively to ensure credible state level elections on April 11.

The group also urged the electoral body to probe reports of irregularities in some states to prevent a re-occurrence of the 2011 violence.

The activists, however, commended INEC for its transparency and President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship after the results were announced.

INEC declared the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of the Saturday, March 28 polls.

Governorship and House of Assembly elections are scheduled to hold on April 11 and Nigerians hope that the elections would also be peaceful and adjudged credible like the just concluded presidential elections.

Labour Party Sues For Peace Within NLC

LabourThe Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Salisu Mohammed, has appealed to all those that contested in the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) election, to sheath their swords in order to have a united labour front.

Addressing a news conference  in Abuja on the crisis rocking the NLC in Abuja, Comrade Mohammed said that the party is worried about the division in the labour union over the outcome of the election.

The Chairman of the Labour Party, who denounced the endorsement of any presidential candidate by the Labour Party, added that it was not in the interest of Nigerian workers to have a parallel NLC.

Meanwhile, workers from different unions including; Electricity Workers Union, Nigerian Textile Workers Union and NUPENG are among those opposing the results of the election that declared Ayuba Waba President of the workers’ union.

Chibok Community Seeks United Nations’ Support

Chibok community to UNMembers of the Chibok community have appealed for the support of the United Nations in tackling the spate of insecurity in their community.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the National Chairman of Kibaku Area Development Association, Dr Pogu Bitrus, said that the appeal to the international organisation became necessary going by total neglect by the Federal Government in providing adequate security to the community after over 200 girls were abducted.

“The inability or unwillingness of the Federal Government to provide adequate security to the Chibok community following the abduction of the girls leaves us with no option than to call on the United Nations to use its apparatus to come to our aid and protect us from the imminent annihilation as a people”, he said

Dr Pogu said that 81 days after the abduction, seven parents of the abducted girls had died, while over 229 persons have been killed after the attack on Government Girls Secondary School Chibok.

To prevent further attacks on their community and the north eastern part of the country, the group has also called for a negotiation between the Federal Government and members of the Islamic sect.