Nigeria: Eagles Begin Final Nations Cup Training in South Africa

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Nigeria has announced that the country’s final preparation for the 2013 AFCON will be in South Africa from January 4. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary Musa Amadu disclosed that the Eagles final phase of Nations Cup camping will begin on January 4.

“It’s a known fact that clubs would not release players for the Nations Cup until two weeks to the tournament. What this means is that coach Stephen Keshi has at least two weeks for intensive training. So, with that in mind the Eagles would begin final preparation on January 4,” Amadu said.

NFF technical committee chairman Chris Green, who is just back from South Africa where they inspected training sites and facilities ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, disclosed that the federation plan to first set up a training camp in Europe before the team move to South Africa.

“We are thinking of assembling the players in Faro, Portugal, before proceeding to South Africa for the team’s final phase of camping. The idea is to begin the camp in Faro with players from the home front, then have the foreign-based join up,” he said.

“We have put several factors into consideration one of which is weather.”

Nigeria is drawn in Group C in Nelspruit along with defending champions Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

The Eagles training camp opens this weekend in Abuja ahead of a friendly against Venezuela in Miami, United States of America, on November 14.

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Nigeria: Okada Riders Are Nigerians Not Animals (2)

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TILL now,they violate every known traffic law with impunity.Police attempts to curb their excesses made little or no impact.They became ungovernable.

Try Mile 2 to LASU along Badagry Express way, and the Isolo to Ejigbo road, to see how unruly they have become. They take no notice of LASTMA along these and other roads!

Men and even boys who came down from north of Africa in pursuit of security jobs which we call “Meguard” joined the Okada riders. People from Niger, Sudan, Somalia, and other troubled nations of North Africa, became Okada riders, and introduced more violence, crime, and abuse into the business, leading to the increasing outcry against the business. We, with our open eyes created the monster which we must learn to tame and manage.

Now that the party with their political fathers is over, the politicians have woken up, and can see more clearly now and they want to flush out a business and source of livelihood of millions of Nigerians without providing a carefully thought out plan and programme to give these ones another means to sustain their livelihood. We need to sieve the wheat from the chaff in stopping the Okada.

It is estimated that over five million families depend on riding Okada and Keke NAPEP for livelihood, which in essence means that over a conservative 10 million Nigerians live on Okada. Okada riding accounts for up to N20 billion business in this country. In Imo State, university and tertiary institution graduates, own and ride Okada as their means of lively hood.

This applies to many other states, including Lagos. A half-hazard ban on the operation of Okada, therefore, will push these persons who are living on the edge of life into crime.

This can be so wrong and ill-advised at this time when national security and crime management have become monumental challenges. We, as a nation and people, must change our attitude towards one another; we must begin to attach values to the lives and livelihood of Nigerians.

Some of these bans and restrictions are just politically- motivated because the leaders of the Okada group are relating with the opposition party in a state .No state government is known to have carried out a study in which the impact of the ban and the attendant income displacement have been critically assessed.

His Excellencies may want us to believe that the bans on Okada are in the over all interest of all, and we agree. But in states like Lagos and Imo, for example, where over three million people commute to work daily on Okada, how many can 700 taxis carry per day?

If each taxi moves four persons in 30 runs per day, you have a total of only 84,000 persons moved per day. How will the remaining over two million people move? Where are buses to help and how many are provided by the states governments?

What is the plan for movement from villages to cities and vice versa ? We must accept that in a democracy, our leaders are not to see themselves as rulers but servants of the people and that our overall welfare and care are squarely their responsibilities.

Why, for example, can two ACN states not come together to power the establishment of an assembly plant for small buses like the Suzuki 6 Seater bus, or the Dahaitsu Small buses given the huge market for commuting within towns in Nigeria.

The Suzuki buses are effective in Festac Town, while Dahaitsu buses are popular in Ondo and Ekiti states.

Why will any two PDP states not work together to manufacture small buses, especially in the South South and South East states where the funding seem to be available?

These buses could be introduced in other states and across the nation, as a more dignifying means of moving or transporting persons from one point to the other.

In a country where our national transport policy seems to be dying, and confused, what is the offer on the table for the ordinary man?

The intra-city transport plans of some states cannot easily be noticed among the people. There are no plans for trams, or better and safer means of mass movement within the cities.

Even in Lagos State where such a surface train plan seems to be in the pipeline from Orile into Lagos Island, the slow pace of construction along the Lagos Badagry expressway is killing life and business along the Badagry axis.

A careful look at the railway plans offers nothing to the people. If properly planned, these small buses should be used to replace Okada and Keke which to me are grave representatives of extreme poverty.

On the eve of the elections in Ondo State recently, newspapers reported Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as saying that he invested billions of Naira in Ondo State election campaigns.

I plead with ACN to deploy part of these huge funds in providing means of commuting from the villages to the cities and within the cities to the people from henceforth. Our governors should replace Okada and Keke with small buses, thereby upgrade the life and living standards of their fellow country men.

What is worth doing at all is worth doing well, and that is why the time has come for buses to replace Okada all over Nigeria.The Federal Government may even provide the lead in this direction.

But until they come up with an alternative plan, governments should bear in mind that Okada riders are humans, Nigerians, and have their right to care, concern and provisions from their leaders. We really cannot wish them away, but must give them a better life.

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Nigeria: Rivers, Bayelsa Fight Over Oil Wells

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Abuja, Port Harcourt — Tension between Rivers and Bayelsa over ownership of certain oil wells heightened yesterday as the two states stuck to their grounds, a day after the Kalabari people alleged moves to annex five oil communities into President Jonathan’s home state.

Billions of naira in derivation cash is at stake in the battle for the oil-rich areas between the two states. Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday said the disputed oil wells do not belong to Rivers and that his state was only trying to reclaim what belonged to it in the first place.

Dickson, through his spokesman Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said by the 11th edition of the administrative map of Nigeria published in 2000, Bayelsa is entitled to derivation and other claims from crude oil production in the disputed wells because they fall within its borders.

“The government of Rivers State has been receiving derivation revenue over several oil facilities and installations which are clearly within Bayelsa territory from 1999 till date in spite of the clear boundary delineation in the said map,” Iworiso-Markson said in a statement.

“The facts remain that all the relevant maps–the administrative map of Nigeria 10th edition produced in 1992 and the 11th edition produced in 2000–were clearly produced long before Dr. Goodluck Jonathan became the Vice President and later President,” he added.

But the Rivers State Information commissioner Mrs Ibim Semenatari insisted that the disputed oil wells were Rivers’.

She told Daily Trust that the Kalabari people were merely asking Bayelsa State to obey the Supreme Court judgment that directed that the mistake in the 12th edition of the map should be corrected.

Semenatari said the National Boundary Commission confirmed making a mistake in the 12th edition of the map which the Supreme Court ordered to be rectified.

In its statement yesterday, the Bayelsa state government said its attempt to benefit from the disputed oil deposits did not mean it wanted to annex parts of Rivers State as the Kalabari people alleged on Monday.

“Whereas the claim of a state is based on territorial boundaries contained in the administrative map, that of a clan, family and community is based on traditional history, possession and other forms of ownership,” Iworiso-Markson said.

“We acknowledge the long standing dispute between the Ijaws in Bayelsa in Nembe clan and the Ijaws in Kalabari clan in Rivers State over traditional land boundaries.

“The claims predate the creation of Bayelsa State. However, the present issue is not about Nembe people laying claim to Kalabari land or of people trying to annex Kalabari land and communities as part of Bayelsa State.”

Jonathan denies hand in dispute

In a statement in Abuja yesterday, presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said President Jonathan has no hand in the alleged plot to annex oil wells in Rivers State to Bayelsa.

“We consider these allegations irresponsible and most unfortunate considering the status of the persons who reportedly championed the protest,” Abati said.

“The statutory agencies being referred to by the protesters do not take orders from the President; they are independent bodies. Besides, there are laid down procedures for resolving inter-state boundary disputes.

“In this particular case, the dispute between Rivers and Bayelsa states predates the Jonathan administration, and has been a matter for consideration by the National Boundary Commission, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and other relevant agencies, long before now. The matter has never at any time been brought before either the President or the Vice President.

“The school-boy style protest is an attempt at cheap blackmail. We find the motive deplorable. It is all the more surprising that a man of Alabo Graham Douglas’s stature, a former Minister who ought to know what is right, will team up with a group intent on causing disaffection between the President and his Ijaw kinsmen.

“We advise the Kalabari National Forum, its members and hidden sponsors, to avoid the temptation to instigate conflict between the Nembe and Kalabari people of Rivers and Bayelsa states, who are both of the same Ijaw stock. The statutory agencies assigned the responsibility of resolving boundary disputes should be allowed to do their work.

“President Jonathan appeals to the good people of Rivers and Bayelsa to refuse to be dragged into the politics of conflict being orchestrated by individuals pursuing a hidden agenda. The Federal Government, under President Jonathan’s watchful eyes and supervision, remains committed to the promotion of fairness and justice in the interest of all parties concerned.”

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Gunmen kill at least 26 students at Nigerian college

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KADUNA, Oct 3: Gunmen shot dead at least 26 students in an attack overnight on their college residence in northeast Nigeria, a college spokesman said on Tuesday.  The attack took place at the Federal Polytechnic Mubi in remote Adamawa state late on Monday night, the head of the information department at the college said by telephone.“The killers went from room to room, slaughtering them one by one,” said witness Mohammed Awal, who was not harmed in the attack. Some were shot, others killed with machetes, he said.
Adamawa state, like much of the north, has been targeted by Islamist insurgents, but police were also investigating whether the killings might have been motivated by a political feud inside the college.
“We learned that when they came for the attack, they called out the names of some of the victims and killed them as they came out. Some they left alone, which gives us a clue that this was the work of insiders,” said Adamawa police spokesman Mohammed Ibrahim. He put the toll confirmed by police at 25.
He said the student halls had been raided by police last week as part of a sweep against Boko Haram militants. During the raid, police recovered weapons including a rocket propelled grenade, dozens of homemade bombs, knives and automatic assault rifles. He added that it could not be ruled out that Boko Haram militants who had infiltrated the students were behind it.
A security source and several witnesses put the overall death toll from the attack at 40.
The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which usually targets politicians or security forces, has also attacked students in the past and has cells in Adamawa. Security sources believe it has infiltrated several institutions, including colleges.
But police were also investigating the possibility that the killings were related to a dispute between rival political groups at the college over a student union election on Sunday, in a part of Nigeria that is awash with weapons.
Colleges across the country are sometimes plagued by armed gangs and vigilante groups.
“The crisis in Mubi is suspected to have been fuelled by campus politics after the election … the ones who were disgruntled might have … (carried out) the attack,” said National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushua Shuaib.
Boko Haram is widely considered to be the biggest security threat in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter. It has been blamed for more than 1,000 deaths since its insurgency – which aims to carve out an Islamic state out of northern Nigeria – intensified in 2010.
Boko Haram’s purported leader released a video on Monday in which he vowed to continue fighting and said no peace talks with the government could happen while military raids against sect members continued.

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Nigeria’s Port Harcourt University shut after lynchings

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PORT HARCOURT: A Nigerian university has been closed because of violent protests about the lynching of four students accused of stealing laptops and mobile phones.
A horrific video of the killings near Nigeria’s oil capital was posted on the YouTube video-sharing website.
Students say the four were mistaken for thieves in the village of Aluu.
University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) told students to go home after the demonstrations turned violent with houses, shops and cars burned.
Correspondents say anti-riot police and soldiers have been deployed to the campus, which the authorities say will remain shut until normality returns.
The students blocked a major motorway near the university for hours on Tuesday, blocking traffic in and out of Port Harcourt.
The focus on the demonstration then turned to Aluu, where the lynchings happened on Friday.
The houses targeted by students allegedly belonged to some of those behind the killings.
The video, which was posted to YouTube over the weekend, shows four men stripped naked, with tyres around their necks, being beaten by a mob with wooden sticks, before being set on fire.
One of their classmates, Paul Irabor, informed that the four had left the university campus to collect some money they were owed, when they were mistaken for thieves.
There are reports that the students took a laptop and mobile phones in lieu of the money owed.
Thirteen people, including the traditional leader of Aluu village – which neighbours the campus in an area called Choba – have been arrested over the killings.
Many residents of Aluu began fleeing on Monday, fearing revenge attacks.
Bashir Sa’ad Abdullahi says that Nigerians, disillusioned with their police force, sometimes take justice into their own hands and lynch suspected robbers but the brutality – and the fact this incident was filmed and published on the internet – has shocked the country.

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Dozens feared killed in Nigeria explosion

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YOBE: Dozens of people were feared killed in Nigeria when an improvised bomb exploded in a crowded market in a restive town, officials said.
Spokesperson of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) Lt. Eli Lazarus confirmed the explosion Sunday night in Potiskum town in the North Eastren Yobe state but did not give further details on the incident, Xinhua reported.
“Detailed report is still awaited,” Lazarus said.
However, other officials in the state said the improvised explosive device (IED) blast occurred in a busy market in Potiskum, and dozens of traders and other people might have been killed in the attack.
“It was market day and the whole place was crowded,” added a local security official, who preferred anonymity.
Potiskum has recently come under serious attacks by gunmen and bombers.
Earlier, at least 13 people were killed in various violent attacks carried out in the restive town of Yobe state, military authorities told Xinhua. –Online

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Nigeria: Robbers Shoot 18 Dead in Zamfara

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Gusau — Armed robbers attacked Kabaru village in Zamfara State Monday night, shooting dead 18 people including the traditional ruler, the latest in series of deadly raids in Maru local government area.

The attack came two weeks after a similar one on Dogon Dawa village in Kaduna State, where 24 people were shot dead by robbers trying to rescue captured colleagues.

Residents of Kabaru, which is in Dansadau emirate that has seen similar violence in the past, said dozens of gunmen stormed the village late Monday night firing from different directions.

The bandits were believed to have struck thinking that there was a lot of cash in the village following the sales of farm produce and livestock ahead of Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

When they laid siege, the robbers told people to remain indoors and keep their monies and other valuables within reach.

The village head, Alhaji Maiyara, pleaded with the robbers not to kill anyone but they shot him instead.

“He was killed as he begged them not to kill anyone. The robbers warned him to keep off but he insisted, so they shot him,” a local said.

Witnesses said the robbers also pursued people who tried to escape and shot them dead.

“They killed people who tried to escape too,” said Sani Abdullahi, one of the survivors.

Haruna Kabir, another survivor, told Daily Trust he heard gun shots from far away and he escaped into the bushes along with his wife and three children.

“We had already escaped before they arrived. We dashed into the bush and hid when we heard sounds of gunfire. We could hear the screaming of the people from where we hid,” he said.

Many survivors of the attack fled their homes as the state police commissioner and acting governor Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad visited the village to assess the damage.

The Police authorities yesterday confirmed the violence, saying investigations had started.

Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 10 comprising Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states, Alhaji Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar, told Daily Trust the armed robbers attacked Kabaru around 11pm on Monday.

“They asked the villagers to bring out money and other valuables. Afterwards, they started killing the villagers,” he told Daily Trust by telephone yesterday.

“My men told me that 18 persons were killed by the gang but I have asked them to go back and recount the number of the casualties. So give me one hour before going to press.”

He said he mobilised more policemen to the area to track the gang.

Since last year, villages in Zamfara State had suffered deadly attacks blamed on armed robbers sometimes on revenge mission after killing or capture of their colleagues.

From August 2011 to June this year over 50 people were killed in several villages across Dansadau emirate.

In one such incident in October 2011, 19 people were killed in Lingyado village. In another raid, bandits went house-to-house at Dangulbi, killing 27 persons.

Soon after the Dangulbi attack, the state government invited famous armed robbers’ hunter, Aliyu Mohammad Ahmed popularly known as Ali Kwara.

After 25 days of operation in the forest hunting for the armed robbers, Ali Kwara told newsmen that 12 serving policemen were the suppliers of guns to the armed bandits.

He said nine policemen were arrested in Zamfara State and three others were arrested in neighbouring Sokoto State over gunrunning. He said the policemen arrested in Zamfara State included seven inspectors, a sergeant and a constable.

However, weeks later state police commissioner Usman Akila Gwary told Daily Trust that only the chief armourer in the state was fingered as the supplier of guns to the bandits.

He said the case was being handled in Abuja by higher police authorities.

Months later nothing has been heard about it.

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Nigeria: Anyaoku Calls for Restructuring of Nigeria

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Abuja — Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has advocated a major restructuring of nation’s current political arrangement, pointing out that the desired rapid development and stability would not be achieved without true federalism or regional autonomy.

Anyaoku spoke, yesterday, in Abuja, at the launch of a book entitled: “Reforming the Unreformable,” written by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

He described the current structure of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as administratively too expensive, with huge recurrent expenditure and leaving only a meagre percentage for the badly needed capital development and that the current constitution review should form a basis for returning Nigeria to true federalism.

He said: “It is my view that the country’s chances of re-living its development opportunities will be greatly enhanced if it does a major restructuring of its political architecture. Without doing so, one can’t reduce the recurrent expenditure.

“When you look around, especially among developing countries, you will discover that their recurrent expenditure is far less than their capital. In Nigeria, what we have been spending on recurrent leaves us with too little for capital development which we need.

“The existing structure of 36 states and federal capital territory with all the paraphernalia and institutions of administration, as long as we continue with that, we are not likely to achieve the level of reduction of cost of administration that will enable us to develop as we ought to.”

Canvasses stronger regions

Anyaoku, who called for stronger regions as was the case in the pre-independence era, said the inordinate struggle for power at the centre had been mainly responsible for the ethno-religious violence that has engulfed the nation.

His words: “I do not believe that the present structure we have will not address the destructive competition for the control of power at the centre, while we sustain the largely non-viable states. We have become accustomed to the notion and practice of sharing the national cake from the centre.

“It is this destructive control of power at the centre that exacerbates the primordial instinct in our people and also fans religious and ethnic differences with the result that rather than being a source of strength, our pluralism has become a harbinger for discrimination and disunity.”

The chairman maintained that the nation witnessed a more accelerated development when it was made up of the then semi-autonomous regions, which later became four. But that steady progress was aborted with the military intervention of January 1966 and the later creation of states.

His words: “There can’t be no doubt in my view that Nigeria was making a steadier progress in development, when it was a federation of three regions and subsequently four federating units, called regions at the time.

“This progress was reversed by the military intervention in our politics beginning from January 1966 because it was the military intervention that has done the erosion on true federalism to what we now described as unitary federalism.

“I believe that we must return to true federalism if we are to achieve stability and the level of development that we aspire to. We can achieve all these with the current effort to review the 1999 constitution.”

Okonjo-Iweala,Nigeria’s most cherished adverts to outside world

On the book, Anyaoku said it “confirms why Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is one of Nigeria’s most cherished adverts to the outside world,” adding that it “gives a most incisive analysis of the reforms needed to turn the economy round.”

He added that the book was a candid and a brave narrative of the impediments the Economic Management Team under former President Olusegun Obasanjo had to battle as it battled to reform the civil service and the Nigeria Customs Service, among others.

Reviewing the book, Prof. Paul Collier of Oxford University warned against the temptation of returning to the old path of utilising a depleting resources, oil money, without investing in the future.

“Oil revenue is extremely volatile. We have seen it fall from $143 per barrel in 2008 to $40 per barrel,” he observed and stressed that Nigeria’s public expenditure “will be chaotic” if the nation relied entirely on a volatile revenue.

The don urged Nigerians to learn a lesson from the past failures just like germany, Europe’s current strngest economy.

According to him, Germany’s economy used to be the worst in the region but that the nation learnt from its failures of the past and has now built on its experiences to ascend to the position of the region’s current number one economy.

Prof Collier also stated that looting of public treasury has continued and that all good spirited Nigerians must rise to the occasion to fight the menace in the interest of present and future generations.

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Nigeria: Oil Subsidy Thieves Must Suffer – Jonathan

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Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan vowed, yesterday, that all those found culpable in the fuel subsidy scam would be severely punished after being made to refund the public funds they illegally collected.

Speaking through Vice President Namadi Sambo, at the launching of ‘Reforming the Unreformable,’ a book written by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the president said that those found to have been involved in corruption and other economic crimes must be punished.

President Jonathan spoke as Senators came under intense pressure to stop discussions on the fuel subsidy probe and a member of the House of Representatives concurred with the findings of the Nuhu Ribadu’s panel of mega graft in the oil industry in the last decade.

Said President Jonathan: “Nigerian and African leaders must begin to write their own experiences. It deals with the challenges of creating jobs, fighting corruption and other important sartorial reforms that need urgent attention, which are crucial to the transformation agenda of this administration.

“Let me assure you that my administration is not only committed to reform, we are building on some of the reform agents. Specifically, we are consolidating on macro-economic reforms. We are going to focus on the various sectorial reforms, which will create jobs in our economy. On the government front, we are going after those who committed various economic and corrupt practices with impunity.

“As you may be aware, government is taking every legal measure to ensure that those, who defraud the government in the petroleum subsidy scheme are made to return the money stolen and punished for their crimes”.

Hope for Nigeria

He described the book as a demonstration of Okonjo-Iweala’s patriotism, particularly given the fact that “the central message of this important book is hope, hope that Nigeria can reform and grow to become one of the world’s most dynamic economies”.

According to the president, “in the past, there was a lot of cynicism about Nigeria. Many people claimed that the political and public institutions in this country could not be reformed. It clearly argued convincingly that gradually, Nigeria is undergoing reform.”

He said that one of his objectives was to build strong institutions; with the kind of policies and reforms that would consolidate on current reform efforts that could achieve credible development.

The President reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring an atmosphere of democracy and freedom and assured that he would “continue to work to ensure that sound democratic principles are applied in this country.

“Ever since the 2011 elections, adjudged to be the freest and fairest in our nation’s history, we have also conducted local and state government elections, which have been locally and internationally applauded. This is a new dawn in our initiative to achieve electoral reform. In all successful democracies, leadership tends to take on certain changes, changes that are tough”.

The president who gave his commitment to add value to all areas of the economy, aimed at generating employment and creating wealth, observed that the states and local governments must also key-into the federal government efforts. “The content of the book cannot only be implemented at the national level but also at the sub-national and local government levels”, he said.

In her remarks, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said she wrote the book to give hope to Nigerians on her conviction that Nigeria could be returned to the path of greatness and that all that is required is commitment of the people and political will on the part of leaders.

According to her, fighting corruption is a tough battle because, “when you fight corruption, corruption fights you back” but she encouraged Nigerians never to give up the fight against corruption, as according to her, “corruption will never win”.

She added that she did not write the book to make money but to share her experiences with Nigerians and the global community on necessary reform decisions and actions needed to turn-around the economy for the better.

Chief Sunny Odogwu, who was the Chief launcher encouraged young Nigerians to keep hope alive, as according to him, with commitment, the nation can reach the top 20 world economy goal it has set for itself. He said that Nigeria is in a transition and that with the current administration, there is hope that the economy will get better.

Meanwhile, more than a year after the Senate launched its investigations into the implementation of the fuel subsidy scheme, there are indications that the legislative chamber has come under pressure aimed at frustrating the outcome of the investigations

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Nurse kills 80-year-old patient by accidentally injecting coffee into patient’s vein.

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A 23-year-old nurse purportedly injected coffee and milk into the veins of an 80-year-old patient at a clinic in Rio de Janeiro.
 
The elderly woman dies after the student nurse injected the substance inside her vein. Though the nurse claimed it was a mistake and later defended herself in a television interview and said “anyone can get confused.”
 
The nurse had only three days experience and was still under training when the incident happened. The patient died few hours after the fluid was injected in her body.
 
According to Medical Daily Report, the nursing student told the media that she had not been trained in the procedure of administering the IV feed and she knew she was actually taking a risk.
 
“As the feed and blood drips were next to each other, anyone can get confused. I injected the coffee and I putted it in the wrong place.” Telles told Brazilian TV Globo’s Fantastico.
 

The nurse has been indicated for manslaughter along with another professional nurse who was on duty at that time. The milky coffee apparently travelled straight into the patient’s heart after she was injected with it.

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