Lagos City Marathon: Ambode, Dalung Commend Local Turnout

AMbode- MarathonLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has given the assurance that the Lagos City Marathon will become an annual event in the state.

The Governor said that he was impressed with the large turnout of local athletes at the maiden edition.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, commended the Lagos State Government, sponsors and volunteers for making the 2016 maiden edition of the Lagos City Marathon a success.

Over 20,000 local and international marathoners participated in the event.

Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kipton, won the race while Nigeria’s Emmanuel Gyang secured a record as the first Nigerian to cross the finish line.

Ethiopia’s Halima Hussen won the women’s category.

Yobe Residents Ask Reconciliation Cmte’ To Unveil Sponsors Of Boko Haram

Residents in Yobe state at an interactive session with the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north have asked the committee to identify and unveil sponsors of Boko Haram.

An elder statesman, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, who made the call for unveiling sponsors of the group asked why Nigerians “are still in the dark” on sponsors of the group.

According to him, apart from revealing who the sponsors are, Nigerians and the whole world are keen to know where and how sophisticated firearms are in circulation or in use by various hoodlums for their various operations across the country.

“Several arrests have been made since the commencement of the insurgency, lots of revelations have been uncovered, caches of arms have been recovered, yet Nigerians and the whole world are yet to know those behind the Boko Haram insurgency” he lamented.

The elder statesman also challenged the committee to verify and tell Nigerians which countries, groups or individuals are supplying AK47, Rapid Propel Grenade (RPG) among other weapons to the group.

Another Damaturu elder, Alhaji Mohammadu Gombe, lamented on the colossal loss of lives and property since the attacks on people in Damaturu and Maiduguri.

He process solicited assistance for groups and individuals who suffered losses as a result of the attack, while urging the federal government to bring culprits to book. He also alleged that some highly placed individuals must be involved in the dastard act.

Other speakers called on parents, religious groups and organisations to preach and inculcate good morals in the minds of their followers, warning that without it religious tolerance will continue to deteriorate and have adverse effects on the peace and progress of the country.

While commending the President for constituting the committee, participants at the session also called on the committee to be objective and to ensure that lasting peace is achieved at the end of their assignment.

The Committee Chairman and Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Kabiru Tanimu Turaki assured participants that the committee will be fair and diligent in the course of its assignment pointing out that tremendous progress is being made in the quest for peace.

Stakeholders and participants were drawn from the Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) traditional rulers, various political, tribal, religious and social groups as well as trade unions among other interest groups.

 

SSS Arrests Terrorists Gathering Information on Prominent Abuja Hotels

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar

The State Security Services (SSS) on Wednesday in Abuja paraded three persons suspected to be terrorists who engage in espionage activities for foreign terrorist organisations.
Parading the suspects, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar said the service stepped up measures to curtail the spread of terrorist activities and its impact on the peace and stability of Nigeria through sustained covert operations on suspected terrorists.

The suspects, Abdullahi Berende, Sulaiman Saka and Saheed Adewumi who claimed to be working for some Iranian handlers were arrested while trying to gather intelligence on public places and prominent hotels frequented by Americans and Israelis to facilitate attacks.

Ms Ogar said  the leader of the team, Mr Berende was asked by his sponsors to establish a small business in Lagos, using that as a cover for his activities.

The three suspected terrorists will soon be charged to court according to Marilyn Ogar.

 

NPL Impasse:Sack of Baribote-led board the only option — Idoko

Mike Idoko; the Chairman of the six-man interim committee of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) said the option for the way forward in the Nigerian Premier League was the sacking of the former board chairman of the league body, Chief Victor Rumson Baribote.

And this was the decision of the 20 Premier League clubs.

He said that the former NPL board had failed in the development of the league, stressing that the gains made over the years by previous boards had been eroded with the administrative style of the sacked board, thereby stagnating the progress of the NPL, during the inaugural meeting in Abuja yesterday.

“We had to do this in the interest of the league and Nigerian football. Clubs used to benefit financially from the title sponsorship money and at a point we were fighting for increment. But in the last two seasons or so, the clubs have been made to bear the brunt of NPL’s inability to source for sponsors,” he said.

“We don’t have any problem with Baribote as a person but it’s glaring that his board failed and we have to move forward. Clubs spent heavily on match indemnities due to the inefficiency of the board under Baribote, while the players suffer because the little the clubs had were being used in covering the glaring inefficiency of the board.

Idoko further described the Baribote led-board that it lacked transparency and accountability, hence a window for the inability of the league to attract title sponsorship for the past two seasons, as he cited the hard work and transparency of other boards before the Baribote-led board, it will be recalled that

Idoko was part of the glory days of the NPL under Chief Oyuki Obaseki.