An applicant being helped by security official as he collapses after a major stampede
By Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan Monday summoned the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro and the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), David Parradang to give explanation why the over 19 job seekers had to die during NIS recruitment exercise at the weekend.
During the recruitment exercise in cities across the country, among those who died include Abuja (eight), Port Harcourt (five), Minna (three), and Benin (three). Many of the job seekers were also injured during the exercise.
The deaths were said to have occurred due to stampede resulting from poor crowd management at the centres.
The duo, who were in the Presidential Villa for over two hours Monday, were led to the President’s office by the Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, General Jones Arogbofa.
They however declined comment on the issue when they were led out from the President’s office by Arogbofa at 2.24pm.
While the All Progressives Congress (APC) among other stakeholders have condemned the recruitment method which led to the death of the job seekers, others have called for the sack of Moro and Parradang over the issue.
Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.
The Rivers State Police Command has announced the arrest of Ibrahim Aliyu, a 30-year old man from Nasarawa State, in what it described as the bid to rid the State of undesirable elements.
A statement by the Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin, said Aliyu was arrested in Ndele Town in Emouha LGA with a huge quantity of dynamite explosives, along with a detonator and cordless wire. He hails from Ndo Village in Agbada Local Government Area of Nassarawa.
“The suspect confessed to be member of a kidnapping syndicate based in Ogbogoro Town and member of a bank robbery syndicate that operates between Port Harcourt and Akwa-Ibom State,” the statement said. “Investigation is ongoing while other members of the syndicate will be brought to face the wrath of the law.”
Ogunsakin reiterated the full and unwavering commitment of the Police Command to protect lives and property of the people in the state, adding that criminals and evil doers have no place in Rivers.
“It is either they desist from unlawful acts or find another State to hide,” he warned.
Source: Radio Biafra.
By MOLLY KILETE. Abuja
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has said that the Army has the capability and wherewithal to crush Boko Haram and restore peace in the three states under emergency rule. The states are Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Gowon, who disclosed this at the Abuja success summit organized by Redeemed Christain Church of God (RCCG) Harvest House Parish, said if the Army succeeded in surmounting the civil war which lasted 30 months and returned the country as a one united Nigeria, then the Boko Haram insurgency is a toy game in the hands of the military.
He said: “ I know that our Armed Forces have the capability. I was their Commander-in-Chief once and I can assure you they have the capacity to do well and win this war against insurgency”.
The former Head of State, while assuring Nigerians that the war against insurgency would soon end, said it was the hard work of the Army and other security agencies that has prevented Abuja, from being attacked by the terrorist group that is bent on wreaking havoc on Abuja, the federal capital.
He said that but for the effort of the military which acts swiftly on intelligence report, Boko Haram would have taken over the entire city which is their heart’s desire to show their supremacy.
Gowon urged Nigerians to join hands with government in the fight against insurgency that has taken over the North-East and expressed doubts if members of the sect are Nigerians”.
General Gowon told the participants, made mostly of youths as a young military officer he led the country and triumphed in the civil war that threatened the soul of theNigerian nation.
He said: “The civil war that we had to fight was not borne out of hatred, it was just a disagreement between two brothers, I was very concerned about the ordinary people. It was not out of hatred.
“My question is that these people who are doing this, are they truly Nigerians? because I don’t want to believe that a true Nigerian no matter how aggrieved, can do what these people are doing.”
Also speaking at the summit, Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and former chairman of SURE-P, Dr. Christopher Kolade, urged youths to make sacrifice for the nation and make it a better place for all.
Dr. Kolade, who urged the youths not to run after ill-gotten wealth also charged them not to forget God, when they eventually make money.
He said: “When your silver and your gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, your God, remember that it is He that gives the power to be successful.
He recalled how he went to jail over a program while working as the Director of Programmes at the defunct Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and eventually became the Director-General of the organization two years later because of his hard work, dedication to duty and taking responsibility as a boss.
Also speaking, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who while assuring that Nigeria will not break up however, called on the youths to rise up to the challenges of the leadership of the nation.
She said: “ Nigeria is not going to break up, you might be the right crop of leaders that Nigeria needs and you don’t need to be afraid, you just stand in line to be counted”.
In his address, the host and pastor of the parish, Muyiwa Adebayo, said the summit was organised to give hope to the youths who are also the leaders of tomorrow to transform the nation. He said the summit is the third in the series organized by church.
(From Biafra Galaxy)
Suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday killed 35 persons and burnt property worth millions of naira in an attack on Ikyo, Catholic Church, Agwaza, Kokonbo, Azer, Lijam, Akesa, Tyow Doshima, Tse Saka and Kwaghlando districts in Takum local government area of Taraba State.
A resident of one of the villages, Hon Peter Kaaov told newsmen on Sunday that the armed men identified to be Fulani headsmen numbering over 70 invaded the villages at about 2pm.
Kaaov, who said he fled with his newly wedded wife to Takum town, further said that over 16 persons were killed by the gunmen in other sorrounding villages while several others sustained various degrees of injuries.
He further said that the invaders were identified to be Fulani herdsmen who came from Benue as a result of the crisis between Tivs and Fulanis in that area.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Takum, DSP Aghogho Akpovwovwo, when contacted by other media house said he was not in the position to speak to the press.
Meanwhile, the Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar yesterday donated relief materials to over 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) taking refuge in in different locations in Takum.
Umar, who was represented by the state executive secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), expressed sadness over the way the Fulani herdsmen are terrorising innocent people, and called on the refugees not to avenge the wrong done to them.
(From Biafra Galaxy)
Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that he will not partake of the N12m to be paid to each delegate to the three-month National Conference to be inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday (today).
Bakare, representing Ogun State at the conference, said he made the decision not to collect the money to be paid to delegates by the Federal Government in order to dispel any speculation that his motivation for accepting to take part in the conference was material.
Each of the 492 delegates to the National Conference would be paid N4m per month for the three month duration and this has been the subject of controversy with some Nigerians condemning the amount to be spent.
Announcing to his church members that he had accepted to be a delegate to the conference, Bakare told the congregation that he would be giving them weekly report as the conference progressed.
He said, “A friend of mine called me this (Sunday) morning that he heard on the radio that ‘Pastor Bakare had accepted to go, that his own fee is N12m’. Pastor Bakare will not take a kobo in the National Conference.
“I will not take a penny. It has nothing to do with others; that is by choice. We go with integrity of heart, it is not money. The God of heaven will prosper us.
“What I say here is what I will do there. I do not say others should do it, but I intend to do that so that our heart can remain pure. That does not mean the hearts of others are not pure but I don’t want anybody to think in any slight manner that the motive is this.
“This is the moment we have been waiting for, for this end I was born. Nigeria will be saved, Nigeria will be changed, and Nigeria will become great.”
Bakare explained that before he decided to be a delegate, he sought the approval of Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the man to whom the cleric was a running mate on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election.
He said, “Before I answered the call, before I said yes, I called General Buhari that ‘I don’t want our stands on this national conference issue to be different. The governor of Ogun State put me on his list, the Elders of South-West put me on their list. What do you say?’
“He said the All Progressives Congress might not be going, but you are free to go because you never can tell how God will help our nation. That does not mean I am in APC. People have been asking, ‘are you in APC,’ ‘are you in PDP?’ I have told you, I am on the side of God. In this season I don’t know until we fix Nigeria.”
(From Biafra Galaxy)