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Rivers released 275 suspects Boko Haram arrest sterrorists.


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Two hundred and seventy-five persons among those held by the Police in Rivers State on the suspicion that they are members of the dreaded Boko Haram group, have been released.

Deputy Commissioner State Criminal Investigation Department (DC/CID), Sam Ukaula told reporters in Port Harcourt yesterday that 19 of those arrested are being held for further interrogation.

The arrest of the people travelling in buses on the Rivers –Imo border, has generated huge interest. The House of Representatives has ordered as probe into the

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Ukaula said the 19, whose mission in Port Harcourt was not clear, include an illegal immigrant from Niger Republic. One of them, he said, had spent ammunition on him.

The police officer said the interception of the vehicles and arrest of the occupants was necessitated by information to Commissioner of Police Mbu Joseph Mbu, that a great number of the killer squads had been dispatched to cause havoc on Port Harcourt residents.

He explained that the action of the Police was meant to nip the intended trouble in the bud. He absolved the police of political connection.

Earlier reports said those arrested were 320, but Ukaula said yesterday that they were 294.

The suspects were arrested on Sunday morning at the boundary between Imo and Rivers states, in a convoy of 17 buses from Jigawa state. They were held at the state CID until they were screened and freed.

Ukaula said a team of security agencies in the state, including the Army, Police Immigration, customs and SSS assembled to screen the suspects before the 275 could be released.

He said: “It would be recalled that on Friday night of January 24, 2014, the Commissioner of Police received an alarming information that members of Boko Haram were being massively transported to Rivers state particularly, Port Harcourt from certain parts of the country for the purpose of causing havoc on innocent citizens.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Atiku begins nationwide consultations ahead of 2015.


 

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday started his nationwide consultation ahead of the 2015 presidential election from the North-West geo-political zone of the country.

It was gathered that many of the stakeholders at the consultative meeting urged him to contest the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

A statement from his office said that the zonal consultative meeting, which took place in Kaduna on Sunday, had delegates from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states in attendance.

 

The former vice-president, while addressing the delegates was said to have noted that he was very appreciative of the “enormous support he enjoys from the North-West geo-political zone, especially during the 2011 presidential contest.” He added that the idea of instituting a nationwide consultative meetings among his supporters from various political parties became necessary in order for him to respond to certain developments within the polity.

He said, “You are quite aware that recently, I was a host to the leadership of the APC urging me to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party and join the APC in its drive to bring about tangible leadership and national development to our country.

“You are also aware that I am yet to give a response to that call from the APC leadership, until I table the issue before you, my supporters.

“So, the purpose of this meeting is two-pronged. First, I want to formally inform you about the invitation from the APC, and secondly, I want you to speak out your minds over the subject-matter.

“I have decided to split the meeting with North-West stakeholders into two because of the size of the region. My next visit to the region will, by the grace of God, address stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states. I implore you to be frank and very dispassionate as much as you can.”

Several speakers at the meeting were said to have spoken variously of the invitation by the APC leadership, with a vast majority of them urging Atiku to honour the invitation.

An unnamed delegate from Kano State particularly noted that Atiku had always been a victim of Nigeria’s dirty politics, saying that “the wise thing for him to do is to follow the wind of change sweeping across the country because the PDP is blind, deaf and dumb.”

At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders were said to have been prompted to cast a ballot on whether or not Atiku should contest the 2015 presidential election, and under the platform of which political party.

An overwhelming majority of the stakeholders believed that Atiku should contest the election – 28 people voted in favour of the APC, five people voted in favour of the Peoples Democratic Movement, three people voted in favour of the PDP while one person abstained.

The statement said that the next consultative meeting of the stakeholders was expected to take place in Lagos and Ibadan on Wednesday and Thursday respectively for the South-West geo-political zone.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Police arrest 320 Boko Haram suspects in Rivers.


 

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Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday, as the state police command confirmed the arrest of 320 Boko Haram suspects.
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Though details were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, Nigerian Tribune gathered that the suspects were arrested from a convoy of 17 commuter buses, all coming from Jigawa State.

However, sources at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) confirmed that the arrest was made after a tip-off.

According to the sources, the suspects, arrested in the convoy led by one Bala Marto Danbam, were all travelling in buses belonging to a transportation company owned by a former Inspector General of Police.

 

“The arrest started from about 1.00 a.m till about 7.00 a.m at different points; some were arrested as they were entering the state boundary, while others were arrested from places like Mile One and other parts of Port Harcourt.

“Three hundred and twenty of them, men and women, were arrested and the manner of the travelling was deemed suspicious; so many people in those buses and at that time of the day was suspicious,” the source said.

When reached for comments, the state Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, confirmed the development, adding that the state command would not comment on the matter yet for security reason.

“It’s a top security issue. I don’t know how you got the information and I won’t ask you, but there cannot be any comment now from the Rivers police command until we finish the investigation. I will make no comment,” Mbu said.

It could not be confirmed if arms or other incriminating objects had been discovered with the suspects, but they, alongside the buses that conveyed them, were inside the premises of the police department.

Nigerian Tribune observed that security had been tightened around the SCID on Sunday evening, as movements into and around the area were under close watch.

Journalists who tried to access the premises were strictly barred by policemen on guard.

It was also observed that the areas close to the SCID premises were thronged by people believed to be friends and kinsmen of the arrested suspects.

Meanwhile, the Northern States’ Governors Forum has charged security agencies to end the killing of defenseless citizens, especially in the North-East region, where suspected Boko Haram members have continued their bloody campaign since 2009.

Chairman of the forum and Niger State governor, Dr Babangida Aliyu, in Minna, on Sunday, noted that members of the forum were concerned at the renewed attacks, which had killed 18 persons around Maiduguri.

“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting to death of 18 persons in Njaba, Mude, Kwaljiri and Kaya villages in Borno followed the same pattern, as previous midnight attacks on towns and villages in the region,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, Aliyu described the fresh attacks as “horrendous, callous and inhuman.”

He also called on security agencies to halt the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the region.

Written by Bolaji Ogundele -Port Harcourt

Source: Radio Biafra.

PDP governor: our party has finally collapsed.


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IT was a grim verdict yesterday on the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by one of its governors.

The ruling party is dead, waiting to be buried, declared Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido.

Lamido, one of the founding fathers of the PDP in 1998, was one of the Group of Seven (G7) aggrieved governors who challenged the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and joined the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP.

Five of the governors – Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdultfatah Ahmed (Kwara) – have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lamido and Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu stayed back in the PDP.

Lamido said he would not leave PDP because doing so is like leaving a house he built.

But yesterday, Lamido reviewed the latest development in the troubled party especially the defection on Wednesday of 37 House of Representatives members to the APC and declared the PDP dead.

“We are today witnessing the de-construction of what appears to be the final collapse of our dear party, the PDP, under the inept and imbecile National Working Committee (NWC) led by Bamanga Tukur,” he said, adding: “I am short of words to express my pain. It is agonising to see the party built in every home, in every village, town and cities all over Nigeria with lots of sacrifice being destroyed.”

Urging President Goodluck to take action, Lamido said: “Is it too late for the ‘leader’ of the party to intervene and save our party?”

He, however, warned that “Nigeria’s democracy must not be truncated”.

But Tukur insisted yesterday that he would not step down as demanded by the governors elected on the platform of the party because the process being adopted is illegal.

Tukur, who spoke at a breakfast session with reporters in Abuja, said those after his sack were trying to ambush the process.

He said: “I was lawfully elected into the position by the party; so why should I be removed through an illegal process. That is why I challenge them to allow the rules prevail.

“Yes, I have also heard that the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting has not held for a long time, but I will also remind the public and the party that even at the state levels, there are executive councils and they have not also held meetings in the past years, even in the states of those that hold against me the NEC meeting issue.

“The NEC does not exist on its own; it derives from the states and the states should be in order before we put the national body and level in working order.”

Tukur said the party, after the defection in the National Assembly, would begin another round of reconciliation.

He added: “There is never a time any party would rule out the importance of reconciliation, and that is what I have been doing and many of the people you hear kick against the leadership of the party still visit me here and hold meetings with me.

“But when one is bent on something, I have seen that some of them who engineer this problem don’t relent in inciting others against the party.

“But I promise you and I am sure the final move we have commenced will bring an end to the problems and most, if not all, the members that left would be back.

“What the public doesn’t also know is that new members and blocs have not ceased to join the PDP.

“However, I promise the aggrieved members that I am not the problem of the party and they should feel free to tell me what I have done wrong and, as a family, we would sit down and find a way out of it.”

He went on: “In a situation where people have a mindset on an issue, it is difficult to reconcile with such persons and that is what is playing out. I cannot tell you I am not disturbed by the development in the party. It hasn’t been a healthy one because much as we believe that the party still enjoys good standing among the electorate, we know the strength of a party is in the membership it commands.

“I have viewed the issues in the party and I know for sure that it is not getting better but I can assure you that I can take any lawful condition the aggrieved members come up with to make sure peace reigns in the party. I have heard it many times from outside and the media that I am the problem of the party, but I challenge you to have audience with the aggrieved members of the party and ask them if I have not had private audiences with them.

“Whenever they are with me, I ask them from a sincere mind what exactly I have done to be the problem of the party, and I can swear to you that none of them ever told me what the problem I constitute is.”

In Tukur’s view, the problem may be that he disagrees with situations where governors impose candidates on the electorate. “Some governors do not like that. My agenda is to reform the party and stop the attitude of handpicking candidates and imposing them on the people,” he said.

Explaining that the crisis was being misunderstood by the public, Tukur said his prolonged battle with governors started with his insistence that a governor and state party chairman must not come from the same area in accordance with the stipulations of the party’s constitution.

“Why should a sitting governor decide who should succeed him at the end of his tenure without any form of consultation with the people whose votes must count at the elections?

“It was the effort to change the negative status quo ante that created the protest, which led to the existing crisis,” Tukur said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

President Jonathan ‘ll win northern votes in 2015, Tukur declares.


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The Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, is set to clash with the leadership of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the party’s request, yesterday, that he declare the seats of all 37 House members that defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, vacant.

Meanwhile, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who is fighting moves by the party’s governors and some stakeholders to shove him aside fought back yesterday, saying his antagonists were inspired by their determination to stop the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, a plan he said, was bound to fail.

His assertion nonetheless, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State in a terse statement, yesterday, called on President Jonathan to intervene in PDP affairs before the party is destroyed by what he described as an inept leadership under Tukur.

PDP, in a statement, said the claim of the defectors that they had obtained a court injunction stopping the Speaker and Senate President from declaring their seats vacant was false.

The statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said: “We have, after a careful review, discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the court clearly says that status quo be maintained, which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any party.

“We wish to re-emphasise here that the courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in PDP.
“Since the affected members have renounced their membership of PDP, we call on the Presiding Officer in the House of Representatives to declare the 37 seats vacant without any further delay.
“This action shall be in adherence to our grand norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Speaker’s situation
There were, however, indications yesterday that Speaker would ignore the call, putting him on a collision course with the party leadership.

A source close to the Speaker told Vanguard yesterday: “There is no way that the Speaker can act on the call or are you not aware of the court injunction obtained by the 57 members stopping the Speaker from declaring their seats vacant?”

Told of the PDP’s argument that the court injunction required all parties to maintain the status quo, the source said “Yes. Maintain status quo depends on the interpretation of who it favours.”

Besides, the movement of 10 of the 11 members of the House from Sokoto State, it was learnt, may have also tied the hands of the Speaker given his close relationship with the 10 members who are from his home state.
With the defection, Tambuwal is the only member of the Sokoto State delegation to the House still on the PDP ticket.

Jigawa gov’s appeal
Meanwhile, Governor Sule Lamido of of Jigawa State called on President Jonathan to save the party.
In a statement entitled Is it Too Late to Intervene, issued by the Jigawa State Director of Press, Alhaji Umar Kyari said: “I am short of words to express my pain. It is agonising to see the party built in every home, in every village, town and city all over Nigeria with lots of sweat and sacrifice being destroyed.

“Is it too late for the leader of the party to intervene and save our party? Nigerian democracy must not be truncated.”

Tukur
Meanwhile, Tukur has said the PDP crises were due to blind ambitions to stop Jonathan from re-election in 2015.
He said: “The crises we are witnessing in PDP are about 2015. The promoters are members who wanted to be President at all costs; they are those who wanted to be Vice President at all costs and those who wanted to seek re-election as governors.”

He spoke, yesterday, when a delegation of PDP youths from 19 northern states led by Mr. Galadima Yahya, paid him a solidarity visit at his Wuse 2 residence in Abuja.

Tukur said: “The electorate in the North will elect Jonathan. If you go to them, they will tell you ‘when those who are forming various parties were in power, what did they do for us?'”

Source: Radio Biafra.

For Aliyu And Lamido, It Is Time To Count Their Gains By Theophilus Ilevbare.


By Theophilus Ilevbare

Activism or taking a stand for democracy and good governance demands consistency of purpose from the individual or group. Same cannot be said of Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger and his Jigawa state colleague, Sule Lamido, who alongside their erstwhile colleagues in the PDP – Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Gov. Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) – waged a war of attrition against the Bamanga Tukur-led leadership resulting in the formation of the now defunct New PDP. There are many questions begging for answers why two prominent governors in the forefront of the “struggle” had to stay put or sit on on the fence as others cross carpeted to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The announcement by Governors Aliyu and Lamido that they were not part of the move reduced the impact of what would have become one the few significant political developments in the history of the country and turn the self-acclaimed largest party in Africa to a minority in terms of number of states under its control.

In the light of the manner the duo backed out of the merger, kudos should be given to the five governors who matched their words with action. We saw reasons to believe that we still have politicians who can question authority and make necessary political alignment and re-alignment to drive their message home. They could have as well given sundry reasons why jumping ship at that point in time was not the right political move.

However, the action of the defecting governors exposed the underbelly of our topsy-turvy politics. Ours is a politics of convenience, devoid of ideology and any form of political philosophy.

It leaves one to wonder what Aliyu and Lamido were up to, considering that they were always a part of G-7. Were they spies for the PDP in the nPDP? What kind of battle were they fighting that they couldn’t resolve issues within the party and remain? Was there some secret pact between these two and the presidency? Are they merely acting out a script? Were they ever in spirit and sync with the other five governors? Why did they start the rebellion in the first place if they weren’t ready to jump ship when the going gets tough, knowing there cannot be two captains in a ship. Or were they just fearful?
Regardless, the presidency has continued to persecute Aliyu and Lamido and will not hesitate to pull the strings in overdrive should they remain recalcitrant. The line they’ve bandied about that they won’t leave PDP for Jonathan and his acolyte might become a stand too difficult to maintain in due course.

In other climes, like America, which our politics and system of government is modeled after, mergers or cross carpeting that are a major feature of our democracy is almost a no go area for them. Theirs is a politics built on ideology and political philosophy entrenched in values and culture. It will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for Donald Trump, a staunch Republican, to decamp to the Democratic party. What Republicans and Democrats don’t have in common goes beyond the ballot box. Their personalities, core beliefs and policy ideas are fundamentally different. In these circumstances, it is almost impossible to see an nPDP-APC merger. Ours is a game of numbers, where capacity is everything. If our political parties are ideology based, the moment you move from one party to another, it means you are changing ideological base, which in essence, is political suicide.

Despite several meetings with the aggrieved governors, President Jonathan’s inability to nip crisis in the bud came to the fore. The leaky umbrella in the PDP today is the aftermath of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) election squabble which as everyone predicted from the outset, had the propensity to polarise the governors in the PDP with wider political consequences.
There were only two governors who genuinely had problems in their states, they faced serious battles and wanted to be in control of everything – Rotimi Amaechi and Murtala Nyako. They simply manipulated other governors nursing presidential ambitions and those who had issues with the national leadership of the party to join them. The likes of Bukola Saraki and Timipriye Sylva, both former governors, were being witch hunted by anti-corruption agencies, became easy converts.

Governor Babangida Aliyu’s case is one of a shaky home base. Moving to the APC might signal the beginning of the end of his political future. He was not a member of PDP but only drafted into it so he could contest the governorship of Niger State. Already, renowned statesmen of the PDP like Jerry Gana and former governor, Abdulkadir Kure are waiting on the sidelines to take over the party structure should he cross over. Losing his political base and by extension, future, was his greatest fear. Neither of these governors can survive or remain politically relevant outside the PDP. Reconciliation at this juncture seem to be the surest option.

For Sule Lamido, it has always been somewhat personal. Lamido was a governor and he could not deliver Jigawa to President Jonathan, what should we expect from him now that he won’t contest for governorship again? To add salt to injury, his two sons, and some Jigawa state government officials are being summoned to Abuja frequently, either to the State Security Service (SSS) or the EFCC, trying to answer questions on how Jigawa state funds were managed or mismanaged. For fear of the EFCC, he backtracked from the merger.

But on a second thought it makes sense for a founding member of the PDP, like Lamido, not to leave the party for people he described as opportunists. Lamido was one of the G-34 members who mobilized under Dr. Alex Ekwueme and the late Chief Solomon Lar to present a letter to Gen. Sani Abacha asking him not to contest. He played a very significant role in the formation of the PDP and it will be very unwise for him as he rightly said to leave the party he helped build.

Moreover, Sule Lamido and Babangida Aliyu are two of the few northern governors eyeing the PDP presidential ticket capable of posing a serious threat to Jonathan in the primaries. The backers of the G-7 had apparently kept them both in the party to form the backbone of the opposition from the north to Jonathan’s second term bid. Should they move to the opposition, who will wrestle power with Jonathan from their region?

There is a pitfall in this much publicised defection. The merging of G-5 with the progressives should not be mistaken to mean the merging of their large followership base, because “They are not your employees, therefore, some of your supporters might stay” as President Jonathan rightly opined. Same applies to their respective members in the House of Reps and Senate from their states.

Since the defection of the G-5, it is also worthy of note that after their meeting with President Jonathan, neither Lamido nor Aliyu has announced a shift of ground in their opposition to the Bamanga Tukur leadership of the PDP and Jonathan’s second term bid. This has left two of them with the option of either swimming across to join their colleagues in APC or reconciling with their arch enemy, Tukur.

Be it as it may, the merger went down in history as the most significant political development in Nigeria. As a close observer of the political event described the situation Governors Aliyu and Lamido have found themselves, withdrawal from the exodus of the PDP defection train to the APC seem to have left them on a Political Island – somewhere in-between the PDP and the APC.

Theophilus Ilevbare is a public affairs commentator. He can be reached viatheophilus@ilevbare.com. Engage him on twitter, @tilevbare. He blogs athttp://ilevbare.com.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

PDP Governors Strategizing In Abuja Over 2015.


By Saharareporters, New York

Some Governors of Peoples Democratic Party today met at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, to review the strength of the party ahead of the 2015 elections.  This follows the defection of some rebel governors to the All Progressives Congress, with more governors reportedly planning to follow suit.

Those in attendance are the governors of Abia, Ebonyi, Kogi, Kebbi, Bauchi, Enugu, Katsina, Cross River, Plateau, Delta, Taraba and Akwa Ibom.  It was gathered that they will brief President Goodluck Jonathan immediately after the meeting.

The G2 Governors, Aliyu Babangida of Niger State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, are currently in a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa.

The outcome of the meeting of the 12 PDP Governor remains sketchy as no one was ready to talk to the press.  All the governors headed to the villa.

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